Of course, what little girl doesn't secretly want to be a fairy?
Perhaps the idea that one can become something different than what one is during the rest of the year is one of the appealing aspects of the fair? When one considers what the "real world" seems to offer at times, why not?
Man has always been fascinated by fantasies and mythical creatures. Look at the popularity of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings...and yes, we saw a few Frodos.
Yet underneath this playfulness is a deep commitment to being green, which was a hallmark of the fair from the very beginning 42 years ago. Preparations for the fair begin a week before with cleanup from the previous winter's floods of the nearby Long Tom River (as it does every year), and much of the work is done by volunteers. Much of the food is local and organic (and yes, meat was available...I was happy!), and the plates, cups and silverware are all washed and reused. There is very little waste that enters the landfill.