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It's county fair time again

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The tradition of a fair goes back to Roman times, when the authorities would declare an intermission of labor and tradesmen from afar sold their wares.

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In the Middle Ages, fairs were tied to religious holidays honoring patron saints. 

Not all of the activity on the fairgrounds was pious, of course. Eventually one of the biggest attractions become a temporary court set up to try, convict and punish those who committed offenses during the celebration. 

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