Having Fun Under The Sun – State Fairs In USA

A Texas NoBody
Texas State Fair

 

Photographer Christopher Chadbourne is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these  images.  These photographs are from his book/project ‘State Fair‘.  To see Christopher’s body of work click on any image.

 

Miss Georgia State Fair

Miss Georgia State Fair

 

Floating Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon

Floating Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon
California State Fair

 

Is This Your Lucky Day? Arizona State Fair

Is This Your Lucky Day?
Arizona State Fair

 

The Last Living Munchkin From the Wizard of Oz and Other Stories

State fairs are both one of America’s most democratic institutions and a stage upon which the ideosyncracies of human behavior play out against a backdrop of color, contextual complexity and human diversity. For $5-$10 one can buy a ticket to the State Fair and once inside the gates, everybody has an equal opportunity to win at the games of chance; eat fried foods on a stick; watch the livestock competitions and a waterskiing squirrel; or take a near death experience thrill ride. It is a place of sensual overload on the eyes, ears and digestive tract. And it is a beloved American ritual drawing millions every year. They represent the spectrum of American diversity—in income, ethnicity, race, age, education and occupation. I photographed engulfed in the crowd—subject and context intertwined; to capture the exuberance, the motion, the color and the facial expressions that suggest stories buried within. I also wanted to document this unique American institution. Since I began photographing three years ago, the Michigan and Nevada fairs have closed and the “last living Munchkin” has passed away. While thriving in some states, the economic viability and the balancing act between the regional authentic and the anywhere generic are in many of the states, increasingly precarious.

 

2 Seconds Short Rodeo, Montana State Fair

2 Seconds Short
Rodeo, Montana State Fair

 

Jeffrey and Twiggy Eat Carrots Only Florida State Fair

Jeffrey and Twiggy Eat Carrots Only
Florida State Fair

 

Girl in a Bubble California State Fair

Girl in a Bubble
California State Fair

 

Reflections on a Miniature Circus The Big E, Massachusetts

Reflections on a Miniature Circus
The Big E, Massachusetts

 

Pirates in Legoland Minnesota State Fair

Pirates in Legoland
Minnesota State Fair

 

OMG Minnesota State Fair

OMG
Minnesota State Fair

 

Club Scene Dance, New York State Fair

Club Scene Dance
New York State Fair

 

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