Going outside the exhibit halls is a bit like looking for free range chickens.
The first “non-caged” political entity was the Huntley Area Tea Party tent.
The group was conducted a penny presidential poll.
I was told there was a Bernie Sanders tent as well, so I went looking.
Guess I turned in the wrong direction.
I found the Conservation tent, called “Conservation World.”
It wasn’t located at the end of the world, but it could hardly be more off the beaten track being west of the arena and north of the animal barns.
The tent was dark inside and had few visitors.
Had I been one of the Pro-Life or religious groups and found my exhibit forced into this space, I would have been mad as a wet hen.
Behind this out-of-the way location was a magic show based in a tractor trailer.
A little sign by the road says that it was sponsored by McHenry County College.
Come to think of it, I don’t remember seeing an MCC booth anywhere else.
At Business Expos, the junior college has people out spreading the word.
Seems strange that right before school starts no effort would be being made at the County Fair.
As I went looking for the Bernie Sanders tent, I saw plenty of empty locations.
I circled around to the entrance of the free parking at the east end of the main road looking for State Rep. Jack Franks’ tent.
I may have found it, but it was unopened.
Next door, the tent for Richmond’s Main Stay Therapeutic Riding was staffed with volunteers.
But there were no volunteers at the Democrats’ tent (assuming it was Jack Franks’).
I walked toward back into the Fairgrounds.
Don’t know whether the Knights of Columbus corn tent counts as a religious booth as far as the County Fair administration goes, but I got a photo of it anyway.
I noticed the National Guard’s climbing wall and realized I should include it, because it’s part of government.
Then, I saw the Sanders’ tent.
Guess I must have walked right past it.
Probably because the sign was not on the side of the tent I saw while I was approaching it from west.
(See another Bernie Sanders tee shirt here.)
As I walked back to my car, I spotted more of our tax dollars at work.
It was the McHenry County Emergency Management Department.
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The links to articles on how the McHenry County Fair attempted to marginalize Pro-Life and religious exhibitors can be found below:
- 5-7-15 McHenry County Fair Sets Up Faith Ghetto
- 5-19-15 Thomas More Society Complains to County Fair about 2015 Pro-Life Booth “Segregation”
- 5-21-15 Press Release on County Fair Discrimination Against Pro-Life Groups
- 5-22-15 The County Fair Association Decision-Makers
- 5-22-15 More on the County Fair Isolation of Pro-Life Booths
- 5-22-15 County Fair Association Capitulates to Pro-Lifers