On Sunday evening I spent several hours working at the Prince William County Republican Committee’s booth in the Commercial Building at the Prince William County Fair. The picture below shows the Republican Committee’s booth.

The Republican Committee’s booth at the Prince William County Fair. The old guy is me.

So what is this post about? Look at the pictures below. For obvious reasons fair management tries to keep opposition political interests as far apart as possible. So the Democratic Committee’s and Republican Committee’s booths were at opposite corners of the building. Even two candidates for sheriff were on opposite sides of the building. Nevertheless, the Democratic Committee’s booth was right next to a guy selling Trump merchandise for 2020? What happened?

The Democratic Committee’s booth at the Prince William County Fair. On the right is a vendor’s booth. He sells Trump merchandise and chocolates.
The Democratic Committee’s booth at the Prince William County Fair. On the right is a vendor’s booth. He sells Trump merchandise and chocolates.

What happened? This is 2019. Who would expect a vendor to be selling campaign paraphernalia for a 2020 election? This is over a year in advance. Yet that is what that vendor was doing, and he was making sales.

Of course, there were unhappy Democrats too. The vendor said one “lady” had hysterically cussed him out. Democrats make it tough to be a Republican, but some of us have to behave sanely. 😉

Anyway, I had a good time. People were pleasant and a fair number were interested in the November 2019 elections. We will have plenty (too much) on the ballot: the General Assembly (both the Senate and the House), all of the Board of County Supervisors, all of the School Board, the Sheriff, the Commonwealth’s Attorney, and all of the environmental board. We will also have a bond referendum. So I hope the candidates will talk about local issues and not pick fights by calling each other names.

16 thoughts on “AN EVENING AT THE FAIR

    1. When I was young I got to see parts of the air show at DuPage County Airport for free. A lot of those planes went over our house, especially the jets (Thunderbirds and Blue Angels on alternate years). More summers than not my dad took the family to the show either Saturday or Sunday. But the population around the airport increased, and they eventually shut down the show. J.

      1. @Salvageable

        I grew up as a military brat, USAF. Saw lots of air shows. Retired from the USAF in 1994. My wife hates the traffic in the DC area, but she won’t move. She also does not like loud noises, and airplanes are noisy. So we don’t head to air shows. Shrug!

      2. Yeah.. I was at the last Glenview NAS show before they sold the place. Heck.. I even saw a D-Day re-enactment up at Ft. Sheridan before they sold that off too. Times are a-changin’.

  1. I remember the DuPage County (Illinois) county fair. There also the Republican Party and the Democratic Party had large booths in opposing corners of the same building. A third party often had a small booth on one of the aisles–I think it may have been the Liberterian Party. And the rest of the building was crammed full of booths selling everything from fudge to jewelry–even personality analysis generated by a computer which based its conclusions on a handwriting sample. J.

  2. Tom,

    My accolades to whoever was in charge of locating tables and wisely choose to the locations far from each other.

    a good symbolism of how fare both parties platforms of beliefs are apart too.

    As for the guy selling Trump next to the Dems table, not too certain about his wisdom and knowledge about his selection of location for prospective buyers?

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

    1. I don’t think he selected the location. I think the fair management assigned him a spot.. However, he probably should have done more to make it known that he did not want to be located next to Democrats.

  3. A tad of civility despite the one off the chain lady— and what a pleasure to see the real Tom in action— maybe small and large community fairs still can shed a ray of hope that average folks still exist— despite nuts who are bent on causing havoc as we saw in California at a garlic festival

    1. In this country few people have any serious desire for violence. The news media highlights what little violence there is and often seeks to use it for political advantage.

      If we look at a place like Hong Kong, we begin to see the problem. The people of Hong Kong want to run their own lives. Those who run the Chinese government seek to preserve their power. The Chinese government uses people who owe their own positions to the status quo to bully the Chinese people, including those in Hong Kong, into submission.

      Why will the people in the Chinese police and military forces obey orders to harm their own people. Propaganda. They don’t know what is actually going on. Indoctrination. They have been taught this is how things work. Training. They have been conditioned to obey orders. Fear. They understand their families will be hurt if they disobey.

      Thousands will probably die in Hong Kong before it is over, regardless of how it turns out, and many will share the guilt. Yet most of the fault lies with a few despicable busybodies who insist upon having power no matter what the cost.

      Give Mikhail Gorbachev credit. He did not have the stomach for tyrannizing his own people.

  4. Living in a rural area as I do with less defined local ordinances, we have a large empty plot of desert on one of the corners of the busiest intersection in town that sometimes serves to provide an empty space for advertising the selling of vehicles and RV’s. But lately, on the weekends, some misguided fellow American sets up his many tables with signage indicating he is selling Trump paraphernalia. Being the antique guy I am (both in interest and in personal age) I actually thought of maybe checking out stuff there to pass on to the heirs of my vast estate when the time comes, all these election collectibles during the reign of the worst president the U.S. ever had. Actually there are seldom any vehicles pulling in to his Conservative plot of America at any given time so my stopping by would likely be helping him (and Trump, indirectly).
    But then my GF warned me, “Uhh.. you better think twice about your car being seen there.”, she cautioned. “In fact… you don’t want to be a victim of any drive-by.”
    I told her not to worry. The guy selling that stuff likely had all the guns.

    1. @Doug

      Trump paraphernalia being sold from an empty lot? Probably need to go to Trump’s website if you want the authentic stuff a collector would want.

      There is this movie whose release has been postponed. Supposedly, a bunch of Liberal Democrats catch some Trump supporters so they can stage a hunt. Possible? Well, I don’t think Conservatives have all the guns. There are too many guns in circulation.

      Anyway, I hope you enjoy your keepsakes. Since lots of Trump paraphernalia is being sold, I doubt either of us will live long enough to get a great price from the collectors.

  5. LOL! What fun, Tom! Trump merchandise and CHOCOLATES, right next to the Dem booth? Very funny. Hubby and I will be going to the fair in the next town over this weekend. I used to be quite a fair girl, sold pie, worked booths, but mostly just ate elephant ears, held the baby animals, and had fun. That was back in the day when we could talk to one another, civilly for the most part. People actually discussed politics and nearly everyone agreed that our local gov was wrong about everything. 🙂

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