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July 22, 2012

Logansport's Chase Center holds own county fair

LOGANSPORT — For 71-year-old Madonna Peterson, the best part about the county fair is the watermelon.

“I could eat this all night,” she said Friday, forking at chunks of her second watermelon slice.

In her younger years, Peterson entered several items into the county fair, including items she’d sewn. But Peterson hasn’t been to the county fair for at least a decade.

Her friend Jean Fowler, 86, said she remembered thinking the fish sandwiches were the best food at the fair. She last visited the Cass County Fair four years ago, the summer before she began living at Chase Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

The women were two of 35 to 40 Chase Center residents and their family members who celebrated the center’s third annual “Our Own County Fair” Friday night with fair food, a visit from the Cass County Fair queen and her court and videos of fair happenings.

Heads of wheat stood up from small table centerpieces as the queen and court served a fair-style supper and root beer to the diners. A video of the tractor pull played while residents ate and the setting sun cast a faint orange glow through the center’s community room windows.

Another resident, Doreen Freeman, said she appreciated seeing the fair queen and court dressed up for the occasion. Their high heels were particularly gratifying.

“I haven’t had on heels in three years,” Freeman said. “I haven’t been able to wear shoes in three years so I love seeing the girls wear their heels.”

Freeman, dressed up for the occasion in a bright red blouse and matching hat, was joined by her husband, Joe Freeman. She’s never been to the county fair. Joe has been just once.

“I think it’s wonderful that they do this for the residents, that they expose them to the things going on at the fair,” Joe said between bites of corn dog and cheese puffs.

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