I stared at a blank word processing document for slightly more than a half-hour. I had a selection of fair memories come to mind.
I started my fair editorial many times but would stop and backspace. I then exchanged text messages with my sister, Desiree for input.
We tossed around an array of experiences from attending the stunt shows at the grandstand to being heckled by that annoying clown. Did anyone ever dunk him?
Anyway, back to business. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed all of those moments. I just wasn’t sure if I could dub any of them “my favorite.”
I, however, came back to the same memory over and over. I only had to think as far back as last year’s fair. And, I thought “Wow. I really did have fun.”
For the past three summers, I’ve been given a week-long array of fun fair assignments. I used my connections at Lowe’s (thanks mom) for an interview with Elvis.
OK. OK. So, it wasn’t really the Elvis Presley. But, for me, Scott Allegretto, also known as “Elvis Lee,” will be my closest experience to the “King of Rock ‘N Roll.”
For his afternoon tribute, I sat front and center at the David H. Litz Grove Stage. I was there in a reporter capacity for photographs for an article to be published.
In between shots, I found myself trying to sing along with him. It was amusing in and of itself, as I didn’t know many words. But I was having fun; it didn’t stop there.
I had so much fun that I returned for his finale and wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I had even more fun than my initial “Elvis” experience.
Despite the rain, I stayed in my spot – front and center. I didn’t know many words but made my best effort to once more sing and clap along.
During his rendition of Presley’s “Teddy Bear,” Scott Allegretto switched up the lyrics, adding my name and a special “thank you.”
He then tossed me a fluffy, pink teddy bear from the stage. A year later, I still have my teddy bear from the “King of Rock ‘N Roll.”