One of the first signs of fall is the opening of the Hopkinton State Fair. One after another other fairs will open--Rochester, Deerfield, the Big E, Topsfield, and before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here!
There really is something for everyone at the fair. If your interest is animals, there are all kinds from cavies to cows. If you like machinery, there are tractors and plows. If you are a "as seen on tv" fan, there are the exhibit areas where you can get your eyeglasses cleaned and your shoulders massaged. I don't know too many people who can't find something to eat at the fair. There are the calorific fried dough stands, but there are also vendors who sell salads. And, if you can afford the extra carbs, there are some fabulous fruit pies to savor!
If just the mention of state fairs results in an earworm that plagues you for the rest of the day ("Our state fair is the best state fair, don't miss it, don't even be late. It's dollars to donuts that our state fair is the best state fair in our state."), then stop by and borrow our copy of Roger and Hammerstein's State Fair [DVD STA].