Walking the midway last night at the State Fair as things were closing down for the night, I can tell you there is a lot of energy being generated and expended here (especially around the cotton candy booth on the Red Trail).  Aside from kiddos consuming a whole lot of sucrose though, in all seriousness there is a vast amount of energy expended to pull of a major event like this.  Think for a second that last time you walked through a majorly sized midway- all the power that goes into spinning the motors of each ride, the amount of electricity that is required to power the massive accompanying speakers, and how about each bulb- incandescent- imbedded into the ride structures.  There are also large ovens, frying vats and blenders in the food booths. With the sun going down at around 8:30pm this time of year, the last hour of the fair takes on a transformation in walking the colored trails by light!

Over in the high rafters of the Tull 4H building where I’m putting on short healthy homes and emergency preparedness energy presentations (over by the red gate, it was dedicated 3 years ago https://www.facebook.com/events/416583988446883/), electrical is minimal as tube  fluorescents are used up high and there are neatly spaced clear fiberglass rippled sheets that act as skylights to let light in even on cloudy days (or rainy ones like yesterday/today which figures for the last hurrah on Labor Day….).

It would probably be astounding to see what the overall electrical output is in kilowatts which MTA (the local utility located almost across the street from the fairgrounds) puts out during the 10 day or so event.  And there will be more electrical usage for breakdown and cleanup after they close the gates today, to be sure.