The scene is familiar: carnival rides, corn dogs, butter sculptures and bake-offs. But, attendance is down at American state fairs, raising questions about the whether the tradition can survive.
Abel Gonzales, a contestant in the Texas State Fair "Big Tex Choice Awards" food contest
Rich Knebal, a cow birther
Arthur Grace, photographer and author of the book State Fair
Sarah Pratt, special education teacher; does butter sculpture, recently showed at the Iowa State Fair