Raymond and I are heading west on Highway 7 as I write this, somewhere between Perth and Sharbot Lake, looking forward to a brief but exciting weekend at the Manse. Why exciting? Because we are going to the Madoc Fair! There will be horse pulling and cattle judging (as in this excellent photo from last year’s fair by acameronhuff via Flickr.com) and prize-winning pies and jams and pickles and fair food like candy apples and hamburgers cooked by some UCW group and, I hope, the pulled taffy sold in sticks wrapped in waxed paper. And the Tilt-a-whirl and maybe even a Ferris wheel! As you can probably tell from my enthusiasm, the Madoc Fair was a high point of the year during my childhood. It will be interesting to see what has changed since then. My hope: not much.