from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fair usually held every year at the same location in a county, especially for the competitive showing of livestock and farm products.
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- n. An agricultural show.
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Panaceas, universal cure-alls, and quack remedies ” the Initiative, the Referendum, and the Recall are paraded as if these ” nostrums of the mountebanks of the county fair ” would surely remedy the perplexing ills of new and hitherto unheard-of social, economical, and political conditions.
The county fair of the Agricultural Society is now going on in the village, which is thronged with wagons and chilly-looking people.
It's a horse-track, of course, but it's in bully shape – the county fair is held there and these fellows make a big feature of their horse-races.
Among the mementos were a buffalo nickel and a Lincoln-head penny; a tiny locket; a blue ribbon won at a county fair for home canning; a thin ring set with a few garnets, one missing; a bit of ivory that could be nothing but a baby tooth, probably that of her firstborn.