For a number of years my journalistic "beat" was covering the state fair. It seems that things were bigger then, but things were also simpler.
For instance, I came across a photograph of my interviewing a rooster. This rooster was a participant in a crowing contest. Losers headed for the cooking pot. Winners headed for a life of fame and fortune. I think it was about 1975 or so.
The hat was compliments of a local merchant. I had to have a cowboy hat if I was covering the fair.
The photographer, Tom McCullough, would become a physician.