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53.) Charles W. Fairbanks Family Festival – Unionville Center – September 17, 2011

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Charles W. Fairbanks was not only the 26th Vice President of the United States under Theodore Roosevent, he was the namesake of Fairbanks, Alaska…
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…and child of Unionville Center, located northwest of Columbus.

Here, in the center of town, this village of 300 celebrated Vice President Fairbanks and their town…

…in their 7th annual Charles W. Fairbanks Family Festival.

A small, intimate family festival, it actually offered quite a bit for one its size, including…

…a handful of vendors…

…a children’s area with inflatables…

…and quite a few critters to either pet…

…or admire from a short distance.

They even had a local farm bring in horses for rides!

As I walked the grounds and noticed some people packing up, I looked at my watch and realized it was nearing 5 pm. I hurried my photographs and thought about getting a quick bite to eat.

The main source of grub came from the Unionville Center United Methodist Church…

…who offered chicken, sloppy joes, and hot dogs.

I settled for something sweeter from one of these food vendors…

…where I got this delightful funnel cake.

As I chatted with the food vendor who prepared my snack, I learned that there was some confusion at the festival because one announcement stated that it ended at 5 while another claimed it ran until 6.

Now a few minutes past five, the festival was fortunately still going…

…and I got to enjoy my funnel cake while listening to the Charlie Tatman Band play “Night Moves”…

…all the while wondering if the car across the street was a coincidence or not.

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