The 140th Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair has ended. As tenters, we experienced heavy rain, mud and very hot weather. Just a typical fair that we would not think of missing.
Except this year we experienced something new: The parking lot police. Yes, if your parking pass was not hanging from the rear-view mirror, you might receive a ticket and pay a fine. Daily parking passes were color coded. So if you bought a day parking pass and happened to stay overnight, then you had the wrong color for the next day and you could be fined.
In one instance, there was a request for a receipt for the paid fine. The office personnel said they could not issue a receipt. Usually when you pay a bill, fine, etc, a receipt is your record of payment. I’m wondering if we still came to the “Grange Pic-nic” in our horse and buggies if we would now be fined for the horse droppings?
This being the first year, many people were not aware of these new regulations. Maybe this could have been a transition year. Instead of a fine for the first offense, a warning could have been issued.
I have been attending and tenting at the fair for 70-some years. I hate to say it but I am starting to lose some of my “warm fuzzy” feelings for something that has been a source of many happy memories for our family.