It's Labor Day weekend - teachers are getting ready to go back to school, kids still have another week - summer vacations are over - and it's time for the Richmond County Fair!
This year we were there on Saturday of the long weekend - it appeared to have the least chance of rain coming in to spoil the day. It was hot and humid, but we did avoid any rainfall.
While it did seem as if there were fewer booths there this year - most noticeably Time Warner Cable ... perhaps looking to avoid customers disgruntled over CBS and it's stations being removed from the system - many of the usual sights were there ... such as the classic cars.
While there is not much of a harvest here on Staten Island - which is the traditional focus of a county fair - there are some backyard farmers who have submitted their results for judging ... as well as pie judging and a photo competition (in which one of my photos came in second place!).
On the streets you could see a stilt walking juggler ...
... as well as politicians looking for your vote ... such as NYC mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis.
Want something unusual? You are sure to find it.
There is plenty of entertainment from bands throughout the day in three different locations, as well as dog jumping competitions ...
... and an extreme skating and cycling demonstration.
As usual, the fair takes place on the grounds of Historic Richmondtown.
Feeling ambitious? There are plenty of competitions to sign up for ... but where is the diaper derby?
Don't forget the flea circus and medicine show.
Of course what county fair would be complete without the midway and it's food, games and rides?
And yes - don't forget the hot dog eating contest - another PR op for a politician. The fellow on the left was this year's winner, as he has been the four years previously.
Our day ends, as it usually does watching Scott the Magician perform.
See you back here next year!