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State and County Fairs Forever® Stamps

Food, produce, and livestock competitions were the heart of early state and county fairs.

Celebrate the fun of America's state and county fairs with four se-tenant stamps from the U.S. Postal Service®. Annual events that families and communities anticipate with enthusiasm, state and county fairs provide social and educational value with opportunities to learn, teach, socialize—and to have lots of fun.

The four colorful stamps were designed to work together as a panorama of familiar, traditional fair activities, while each stamp also works as an individual picture. The style of the stamp art is whimsical, meant to evoke a nostalgic feeling for America’s fairs past and present.

Long before there were extension services or schools of agriculture, America’s fairs were organized to educate farm families in the agricultural, mechanical, and domestic arts. Fairs gave farmers the opportunity to learn new techniques for improving their farms, including the introduction of better implements and equipment to enhance agricultural production.

Even at the earliest fairs, the educational mission was enlivened by competitions for “best” or “biggest” in various categories. Today, these educational competitions are among the most popular events at the fair. Competitors eagerly vie to produce the best in baked goods or the most perfect—and largest—example of a particular fruit, vegetable, or flower. Competitive livestock exhibitions display the hard work and discipline that go into raising farm animals. A lucky few proudly display the ribbons their efforts have won.

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