Three Friday's ago we went to the Pike County Dogwood Festival in Piketon. It is basically a sidewalk fair of sorts which "features exhibits highlighting old-fashioned arts and crafts, antique car show, bike show, cyclists Dogwood Tour, chain saw skill, fiddle and banjo contests, pie eating contest, horseshoe contests, band concerts, and lots of good old-fashioned food."
We went with a good friend from work who was in town from the Tri-Cities. Immediately upon arrival we sampled their deep fried cuisine. Our dish of choice was deep fried pickles which were actually not as bad as they sound. The only odd thing about it was that the pickle was warm which was a very strange sensation. The deep fried pickle was to be dipped into ranch which I think improved the whole experience.
Despite the description, the only thing worth looking at was the food stands and there was some decent music. We did not get to see the antique cars, bikes, chain sawing, fiddling, pie eating, or horshoes. Perhaps those were all on Saturday and Sunday or we just missed them.
The kids got to ride ponies which they enjoyed. Dinner included deep fried hot dogs (AKA corn dogs) and deep fried cheese. Dessert was deep fried oreos. The whole experience was a deep fried redneck evening. Overall, it was a fun night and a good sample of small town Ohio life. Not a place I would ever want to live.