It has been more than 20 years since I have attended our county fair which takes place at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton. The fair is the essence of egalitarianism. Everyone is welcome, all submissions to the competitions are accepted and displayed, all ages are represented, and everyone is recognized. I used to make fun of the humble sock monkey and now adore them. To me they are the iconic representation of the long tradition of the county fair, which occurs in every county across the nation all summer long. Regional differences occur from state to state, some featuring farm equipment and rodeos. Below are a few photos of various aspects of the fair: home crafts, animal husbandry, horse racing, cholesterol increasing fast food, and more. What's the county fair like in your area?