The York Fair is one of the busiest weeks on my beat.
Before it starts, I interview performers and write preview stories.
During the fair, I cover grandstand concerts and talk to dozens of die-hard fans.
Some of their quotes and anecdotes make it into my stories. Many don't.
It all goes by in a blur.
Afterward, I'm grumpy and sleep deprived.
This year, I gave myself an attitude makeover.
I vowed to better document my days on the midway.
I carted a digital camera to concerts and snapped pictures of fans who wore T-shirts and carried posters.
I'm not a trained photographer, but I tried my best. (Yes, my subjects laughed at me when I fumbled with the camera's settings.)
But it was worth it.
I slowed down. I spent more time looking for and listening to fans. I felt more in tune with the audience.
And, you know what?
I had a lot more fun.
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