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(Maura McCarthy)

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

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Delaware County Fair 2001
(Maura McCarthy)

Nelken met Norie’s sister, Mary, at the 2001 Delaware County Fair. While their family was packing up to go to the fair, one of Mary’s favorite hens had left an egg in the barn. “Just leave it there,” said her mother. Mary insisted that she couldn’t leave the egg unattended, not after the hen had brooded over it, so she held it in her armpit as they drove to the fair.

As the family story goes, by the time they arrived at the fair, the egg started to hatch. Here, Mary shows off the chick that she refused to abandon.

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