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Delta County Fair, Colorado, October, 1940.
Delta County Fair, Colorado, October 1940

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County and State Fairs
American state and county fairs have their roots in ancient times. The earliest fairs, such as the great Aztec market that Spanish conquistadors found on the present-day site of Mexico City, were created to solve problems of distribution. Historically, fairs were located on major trade routes and gave people the chance to show off their skills and crafts, and sell or trade their goods. In the days when people did not travel much, fairs were also an opportunity to see different areas and socialize with others. What goes on at state fairs today?
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