Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Nonfiction history, 264 pages
Reviewed by Victoria Lynn Smith
Meet Me on the Midway: A History of Wisconsin Fairs by Jerry Apps presents an engaging and informative history of Wisconsin’s state and county fairs. His book focuses on the stories of agricultural societies, county extension agents, fair organizers, judges, volunteers, exhibitors, workers, and 4-H and Future Farmers of America members. Because Apps never forgets that history is the story of people, he pulls readers into the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of state and county fairs. Readers will also appreciate the generous servings of photographs, which are as delectable as fair food and as eye catching as the midway.
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Very nice, Vickie. And the nostalgia factor is through the roof. Thanks.
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Thanks. The book is very informative with lots of people stories. It made me feel nostalgic because my mother-in-law exhibited and volunteered at the fair almost her whole life. She passed away four years ago, and I miss her very much. I would have loved to give this book to her as a gift.
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I imagine she would have loved such a gift.