Took a swing through the McHenry County Fair this afternoon.
Figured it would be cooler than tomorrow.
Coming in the back door in the best air conditioned building, I spotted the McHenry County Citizens for Choice first.
Across the aisle, I noticed Tonya Franklin, the woman the Republican Party wouldn’t let run against Jack Franks in 2012.
She was recruiting students for CPR classes.
Knowing she was across the aisle from the defenders of abortion, Franklin put the sticker you see below on the biggest dummy:
The Gideons were the first religious booth I saw.
Volunteers were handing out New Testaments in English and Spanish.
The Republican exhibit was next.
Two parts of McHenry County government had booths in the same area.
The Veterans Assistance Commissioner was right across the aisle.
There were two spaces for the Sheriff’s Department.
The first I saw was in the corner. It was for finger printing children.
Then, there is the entrance exhibit of the Sheriff’s Department.
Around the corner I found McHenry County Democrats.
And, then it was off to the building next door.
There I found Peter’s Net, the Pro-Life group that led the battle against putting all the religious entrants into a “Faith” ghetto.
Across the way was the Catholic Church’s display.
Then I noticed the Barrington Area Secular Humanists.
In the corner of the building was the McHenry-based First Way Pregnancy Center.
In the next aisle was the Christ Presbyterian Church display.
Next I saw side-by-side booths for the County Clerk’s and Recorder of Deeds Offices.
The Libertarians had new people manning their booth.
Next, it was out into the heat.
The McHenry County Knights of Columbus were selling corn as usual.
I went looking for Jack Franks.
All I found was his tent.
No people on Wednesday afternoon.
I kept walking looking for other political or religious manifestations.
Flavin pointed me to State Rep. candidate Steve Reick’s tent, across the road from his.
Perhaps inspired by the “I Like Ike” buttons of the 1952 campaign for President, Reick had a bowl of “I Like Reick” buttons.
The Huntley Area Tea Party tent was the next I spotted.
Inside the Conservation Tent I found the McHenry County Department of Public Health exhibit.
I guess the Bat Cave is part of that. I wonder if this is the start of another attempt to license cats to protect them from rabid bats.
The McHenry County Conservation District was across the way in the same tent.
As part of the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County was a table for the Citizens
I figured that a story about the County Fair ought to have least one animal from the 4-Hers, so here it is.
Coming back to the building where I started, I spotted Steve Reick.
But I didn’t find him even though I searched.
I did find former County Board member Kathy Bergan Schmitt. She took a photo of me, so I reciprocated.
To provide equal time, I passed by the Republican booth again.
County Board member Diane Evertsen was on duty.