The words fair and fare are homophones—two words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Homophones are homonyms and just one example of the why many people think the English language is complex.
Since this weekend we have both the Great Darke County Fair, which begins today, and Fare Fest which will be held Saturday on Main Street in Versailles, it’s a great time to discuss the difference between these two words, while highlighting both these annual events.
Fair has many diverse uses. As an adjective it means of pleasing appearance, free from bias or dishonesty, legitimately pursued under the rules, moderately good, promising, or even bright, sunny and free of clouds or storms. (Examples: you’d make a fair judge, that was a fair fight, that seems like a fair income, my health is fair, she has fair skin, and its fair weather for sailing.)
Fair can also be used as an adverb such as: they were not playing fair, breaking every rule or we expect everyone to play fair. And as a noun fair means an exhibition, such as the 159th Annual Great Darke County Fair which runs from today through Aug. 29. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight each day.
The fair includes agriculture, amusement rides, horse racing, arcade games, horticulture, art, concerts, exhibits, and food galore. As a teen I enjoyed the sugar waffles and french fries, while many of my friends preferred the caramel corn and candied apples. Over the years I’ve enjoyed the Italian sausages, deep-fried pie, elephant ears, funnel cakes, blooming onions, pork chops, tenderloin, chicken, stir fry, peach and apple dumplings, ice cream, and strawberry lemonade. But I always have to patronize the Arcanum A’s tent for a “better than great” cheeseburger and occasionally a piece of pie.
Fare can be used as a verb and a noun. As a verb, it means to go, get along, or succeed. As a noun, it refers to money spent for public transportation, food, or something offered to the public, for entertainment, enjoyment, consumption, i.e. the 7th Annual Versailles FareFest held Saturday from 2-5 p.m. The FareFest continues to be a great way to sample signature appetizers, desserts and chef created foods, domestic, craft, and imported beers and wine from restaurants and beverage distributors from the Miami Valley. The event includes a complimentary wine glass, and live music. Tickets are available at the gate ($50) or by calling the Inn at Versailles at 526-3020, (presale $40). Food only tickets are also available. No one under 21 is permitted to attend.
After examining the difference between fair and fare I hope you’ve come to the conclusion that both are must attend events. But if you’re more of a home body who enjoys reading and learning you might access the resource website Homophone.com, which serves as a handy compilation of homophones.
Members of the Versailles Rotary Club have tickets for their upcoming BBQ chicken dinner for sale. Presale tickets can be purchased at Phelan Insurance, Books by the Bushel or any rotary member. The carryout dinner can be picked up at the old fire station from 3:30–6 p.m. on Aug. 28.
Birthday wishes to Stephanie Giere, Dan Richhart, Tony Morina, Gary Poling, Bonnie Kinser, Jeremy Yagle, Tony Lewis, Karen Mescher, Amelia Goubeaux, Kendall Keihl, Ralph Schulze, Rocky Van Cleve, Jennifer Koogler, Allison Irey, Bob Nieport, Theresa Boerger, Jan Monnin, Jessica Weaver, Cindy Goubeaux, Maggie Dabbelt, Audrey Lutz, Chris Baugher and Lisa Heaton as their birthdays approach as well as, anniversary wishes to Paula and Dan Varvel (7), Katie and Nick Ellis (9), Tracy and Tony Mueller (16), Michelle and Keith Buschur (18), Mary and Tom Juette (37), Mr. & Mrs. Phil Latimer (41), and Donna and Pastor Bob Akins (50).
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Karen Coverstone, Rita Wuebker, Terry Black, Bill Pepiot, Denny Ahrens, Yvonne Ridenour, Mary Wehneman, Wayne Pittsenbarger, John Klipstine, Maggie Brewer, Arthur Curtis, Harold Langston, Sr., Jack Munn, Thelma Schultz, Delores Williams, Joe Bailey, James Youngker, Madeline Rickett, Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Andrew Kunk, Michelle Ullom, Kyle Rutschilling, Isabella Yakos, Lisa Coate, Brian Voisard Barb and Jon Agne, Samantha Smith and all those dealing with life’s challenges, as well the hospitalized or homebound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Bernie Treon, Mary Thornhill, Mary Moeller and Alberta Palmisano, also remembering the lives of Bob Denlinger, Cathy Eckstein, Roy Henry, Judy Harman, Walt Frey, Mike Phlipot, Dr. Leroy Steinbrecker, Betty Oehrtman, Naomi Sharp, Wayne Wendel, John Monnier, Tom Morsey, Bob Hollingsworth, Matt Monnin, Todd Monnier, infants Albert and James Timmerman, Alvina Cordonnier, Diane Seger and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recently passing.
The fair’s fare was fair. ~C. Edwards
“Fare thee well summertime for school begins fairly soon, or in other words, right after the Fair.”
“No one said life was fair; just eventful.” ~Carol Burnett