State Fair Lemonade Candle
Fresh lemon zest, caramelized sugar and rich vanilla combined into one delicious package.
State fairs began in the nineteenth century for the purpose of promoting agriculture through competitive exhibitions of livestock and display of farm products. Credit for the idea of the state fair is often given to Elkanah Watson, a New England farmer and businessman who showcased his sheep in the public square of Pittsfield in 1807. Recipe judging is one of the oldest kind of competition at the fairs, dating to the early 1800s. Butter sculptures, introduced initially by the dairy industry to promote its product, date to 1903. As the U.S. evolved from a predominantly agricultural to an industrial society in the 20th century and service economy of the 21st century, modern state fairs expanded to include carnivals, games, racing and concerts. But at the heart of every state fair are still the agricultural displays of livestock, crops and bounty grown by American agricultural enthusiasts through 4-H and FFA programs. State fairs play an important role to this day in introducing the average consumer to agriculture and allow for youngsters to proudly share their knowledge.