Sheep, Chicks and Geese Scurry at the County Fair

As photographer Dan Nelken has catalogued, the county fair is the place for family farms to showcase their prized livestock

(Maura McCarthy)
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Madison County Fair 2001
(Maura McCarthy)

These girls at the 2001 Madison County fair are listening to pageant contestants answer the question, “If you had a year off from school, what would you do?”

The winning answer, according to Nelken: “I would just hang around and watch television.”

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