Bring out the blue-ribbon cows! How about some sheep? And of course, let’s put aside any diets and savor fried elephant ears covered in powdered sugar, skinny French fries drenched in ketchup and served in a giant cup, cotton candy and, of course, deep-fried anything. It’s county fair time, that popular All-American tradition. Vintage county fair collectibles are popular decorations. We’ve picked our favorite Top 5 county fair collectibles, found at flea markets and online:
- Advertising Signs
- Pinback buttons
- Matchbook covers
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Poster, 1883 Schuyler County Fair, Rushville, Illinois, paper, lithograph, 61 x 41 in., $908.
Photo: MBA Seattle Auction
Advertising sign, shaped like a pig, Chowan County Fair, Edenton, North Carolina, cardboard, 22 in. h., $38.
Photo: Keystone Auctions LLC
Postcard picturing giant corn, from a county fair in Kansas, divided back postmarked August 1909, $9.
Pinback button, Pinellas County Fair, Florida, March 12 – 17, 1984, $8.
Matchbook cover, San Luis Obispo County Fair, Paso Robles, Calif., August 14 – 18, 1963, $19.