Today the Great Allentown Fair begins! It's one of the hallmarks of the end of the summer. It used to be that schools opened after the fair--- but life changes. I used to like to go to look at the agricultural and domestic arts exhibits. Unfortunately, our schedule won't allow that this week.
Domestic exhibits and judging have been going on for over a century. Barbara Brackman even wrote about our Allentown fair. She was focused on the unusual names of quilt patterns at the fair. You can read it here. I don't know why the Pennsylvania German women named their quilts what they did, but I'm not surprised. The older women in my family had all kinds of odd names for things. Like this succulent commonly known as Chicks and Hens. Nana Betty always referred to it as "Clucks and Peeps." 😄