Turn the 'Heritage Area' of your state or county fair into something special!
So here it is...the big day-DAY ONE of your Annual State/County Fair. You've got your 4-H, your Ag, your big ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl and the one that always makes you hurl! There's the tractor pull and racing pigs and and over there are all the Monster Truck rigs! Snow cone booths, dunking machines and a 'Journey' Tribute band, balloon twisters and games of chance right beside the Methodist' Ladies Auxillery Pie Stand! And what does Grampa want to drag you over to see? The boring ol' 'Heritage Area' and Quilting bee! There's the one-room school house, the church and a smelly blacksmith shop. Ok, that's kinda interesting, but please can we just STOP? Over there is the potter, some lady ranting about 'lard soap' and a big bearded guy just making rope!. There's also the guy playing with paper, the lady doing something with sheep wool and a giant bowl turner making wood shavings with a funny looking tool. Hard to imagine gramps lived this long without being bored to death...
Who is the big guy standing by that red headded woman? And why is he pointing to those signs that says-Flea Circus? Prestdigitator? Dime Museum? A FLEA CIRCUS??? And the lady-what does she mean that I need to see a "Real Live Dead Mermaid"? Hey, now he's talking about old games of chance and doing some cool stuff with cards. She's got some kids tied up trying to get loose and why is everyone around them laughing and having a good time? Hmmm...maybe Grampa's got some things from HIS County Fair that might just be worth checking out!
Show at Sunshine Fair in Schoharie, New York
STEP UP, STEP UP!
STEP BACK, STEP BACK INTO TIME!
Yes, we have it all and are bringing it to YOUR fair! A Dime Museum! Flea Circus! Medicine Show! Magic, Comedy and a Glass Harp! All the things you might have witnessed at a County Fair of the past! Presented by Eric and Susan Scites of Faire Wynds who bring the history of entertainments
'ALIVE, ALIVE, ALIVE'
THE FLEA CIRCUS!!!
Yep, we got 'em! 4 of the most VILE, most NASTY, most DISGUSTING BLOODSUCKERS ON THE PLANET! But we just call them our 'Lawyers'. And our lawyers said if we claimed to have a flea cicus then by gum and all the little gummett's around we'd better by golly have a flea circus! So...let me introduce you to...get ready...here it comes...
'4-count 'em 4- HIGHLY TRAINED FLEAS ready to perform for YOUR entertainment, YOUR edification, YOUR amusement and OUR contractual obligations! Why, just click on the picture over THERE → (that's to the right) and it'll take you right to our Flea page!
Over there... Over there...
OH, FOR PETE'S SAKE! OVER THERE! →→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→
Penelope and Virginia's Vermin
And now, for somethign COMPLETELY different...
'America's Ghost Fiddle'
There is so much to say about this instrument-popular in the later 19th century-but describing this ethereal and haunting sound is impossibe. Quiet, calming and at once entrancing. Is it science? Music? History? Probably just a little bit of everything. It just needs to be heard.
THE MEDICINE SHOW
So what's an old fashioned county fair without a good dose of 'you need it, we got it?' Join us on a hillarious romp through the history and fun of an old style medicine show! Complete with outlandish claims and scurrilous potions and noxtrums! Guaranteed to cure your interest in Mediciine Shows!
Seriously, this one is based upon an actual medicine show from the 1850's that was known to be in the midwest-a man and his wife. Nothing is sold, but it IS a pretty interesting look at the reality of these goofy things!
Here's a link...well, over THERE →is a picture that will take you to the link...
THE DIME MUSEUM
The early 'curiosity cabinets' began to give way to 'curiosities and natural wonders' that a lot of the traveling entertainers had to attract attention. By the mid-19th century, it was obvious that these too could be used not just as 'attention grabbers', but people would pay to see such oddities! So the 'Dime Museum' was born.
We often set up this display beside our performance area, inviting people to have a look at the strange and unusual objects that we have managed to find on our journeys around the known and unknkown realm of our minds! Only inside this tent can you gasp at such things as the skull of John the Baptist! The remains of the 8th Plague of Moses! A Real Live Dead Mermaid! The eyes of KK Scites! (Yep, it's true. I really DO have my father's eyes!) and so much more! All done in a historical-tho entertaining-presentation.
And yes, there is even a 'One Thin Dime' collection jar, but we don't turn anyone away who has such a thirst for knowledge! Why, if someone REALLY needs to see the Remains of Lot's Wife or the Golden Fleas of Midas, who are WE to stop them? The collection jar is part of the history we present. Don't got a dime? No worries, come on in anyway. Got a dime and wanna throw it in? Go ahead, we'll let ya! Got a dime and DON'T wanna throw it in? Cheapskate!
AND THROUGHOUT THE DAY
WE just showed HOW it was done...
Demonstration of different elements of 'entertainments' go on throughout the day-magic, prestidigitation, games and such. We do this to both entertain and educate. Tho as evidenced in the 'before' and 'after' picture, we claim NO responsibility to what your precious little bundle of joy does with what they learn from us. After all, YOU were the one who turned them loose and expected US to watch them??? WE RAISED our own kids!!!
This is absolutely NOT OUR FAULT!
A little fun every now and then is relished by the best of men...