Anyone with a rural upbringing can tell you: The only thing wrong with traditional Amurican county fairs is that theyre not openly gay enough. Read: County fairs can be hazardous to the out gay, yet theyre inherently super gay on account of all the gays youll find there. Pretty much like the rest of the world! To partially compensate, try the County Fair. With its shooting gallery, pie contest, and Queen of the Fair Pageant, this benefit for the AIDS Emergency Fund is satisfyingly authentic -- and yet better. Leather community? Welcome. Rednecks of color? Welcome. Drag performers looking to rip the tiara out of the pageant winners wig? Welcome, welcome, welcome. Unabashedly tough cowgirls, a George Bush shoe toss, and Mr. International Gay Rodeo 04 are unique to this fair, but some things remain constant in the translation from uptight to out n proud -- fried food, plenty of hooch, and serious competition for blue ribbons.
Sun., May 31, 3 p.m., 2009