Mark’s Musings – Sept. 26, 2012

| September 25, 2012
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Ahhh, fair time. Quite possibly my favorite time of the year. The cool, crisp autumn air, hot, golden fried waffles and French fries, the sound of Italian sausage sizzling amid the crunch of freshly fallen leaves. (All depends on the frost of course) The art hall provides a wonderful array of aromas and color for the senses, from apples to pumpkins and more. Homemade golden apple pie and freshly made pumpkin pie  . . . it has to be one of the favorite pies of fall.

Obviously, you can relate all things fall to the fair and then relate those to fair food. For that matter, you can probably relate food to just about anything fall. Or at least I can try!

How about those Reds? Next to the Indians, my favorite team. Then comes another of my favorites and a typical perennial last place finisher, the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley Field, of which I have been in attendance one time in my life, has to be one of the greatest ballparks in the country. I have not been to Fenway in Boston that would be on my list of course. But back to the Reds. How far do you think they will get? I must admit I do not know enough about this year’s team to provide a decent guess. But I know some of you follow them with a passion.

Let’s return to the fair. Chopped sirloin burgers, hot coffee or hot chocolate on those cold mornings, donuts, breakfast at the fair, chicken and noodles, chili, it’s all good of course. Perhaps not so good for you but we can watch what we eat after the fair!

The school eat stands are, for many people, a favorite place to eat, catch up on the latest gossip and support the schools all at one time. Coshocton, Ridgewood and River View, the people and students that volunteer their time, provide the desserts and other foodstuffs, all deserve a big thank you well in advance of the many hours worked.

The junior and senior fair boards put in many hours as well, with many of the senior fair board members living and breathing the fair before, during and after our number one community event. The Coshocton County Fair is a true community event, touching the lives of just about everyone in our county; whether it be through a special interest project or exhibiting livestock through 4-H, FFA or otherwise, volunteering time at a booth in the commercial buildings or perhaps just attending the fair to enjoy the exhibits, rides, livestock, or just catching up with friends and family. That, after all, is the hallmark of a community event. See you at the fair!


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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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