Documentary Photography of The Knox County Fair

These photographs of the Knox County Fair represent a part of a larger project documenting approximately twenty county fairs throughout central Ohio. This project is, informed in part, by Kenyon College's Family Farm Project. These images are intended as a documentation of the modern day inculcation of agricultural techniques and traditions, as well as civic values among the youth of rural farming communities. With specific attention to fair activities such as Junior Fair competitions, and their indigenous "cultural texts"-- signs, symbols, dress, and evidences of the rules and rituals of competition and judging-- these images provide a trace of the agricultural and educational basis of these fairs, a point of view sometimes overlooked in the fine-art documentary approach to fairs.

Not included among these photographs-- but a part of this project-- is the documentation of 4-H, Grange, produce, and other displays found at county fairs. These complex and ephemeral text- and icon-based exhibits (often quietly tucked away from the anonymous attractions of the midway) accord meaning and importance to referenced community activities, traditions, and values which inform fair activities.

~~Dan Younger

The following photographs "Knox County Fair, Mount Vernon, Ohio"
are Copyright Dan Younger 1994-95.

This project is funded through Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowship Program

Knox County Fair Junior King and Queen

Girl tending to sheep

Boy with cow

Farmer on tractor

Judges of Knox County Junior Fair

Boys displaying their poultry

Boys tending to cow

Girl with ferret and goat

Judging of girl's sheep

Boy shearing a sheep

Judge inspection of a chicken

Young man with his prize rabbits

Home Sources
E-Mail The Family Farm Project