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Music at NC State Fair (or Any Other Fair)
By Matthew Caulfield

Sam Harris expresses his surprise and regret that the North Carolina
State Fair has no fairground music.  It IS regrettable but not at all
surprising when you consider these factors: the weight of a band organ,
the nuisance of transporting it from town to town and the damage done to
it by so much transit, the expense and nuisance of keeping it running in
even half-way decent condition, the fact that it is dead weight bringing
in no revenue itself, and--last but definitely not least--the fact the
very few fairgoers today miss the music or even know that it is to be

I remember my initial surprise years ago in discovering that the best
band organs were not to be found at the big, then-new theme parks but at
the old-time family/end of the trolley-line amusement parks.  That is
still largely true today.

There is probably not much hope that anyone can interest state fair
managers to put a real band organ on location (unless perhaps you offer
to truck one there and run it gratis).  I wonder if Sam could even
persuade whoever is operating the sound system at his state fair to
replace the country music with some good, authentic, high-quality band
organ tapes or CD's like MMD member Bill Black produces and sells?

(Message sent Sun 26 Oct 1997, 00:13:45 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Any, Fair, Music, NC, or, Other, State

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