I roam the streets, alleys and festivals of my Ohio town, camera in hand. I live on the edge of Appalachia, a river away from big-city Cincinnati. Crossing into Milford/Clermont County transcends something: a step back, a slower pace, gentility and even the problems of poverty and opioids. Milford is suburban and also the largest city in our more-rural county. More of the county than usual shows up for festivals, painting a very different portrait than a typical day in Milford.
Milford's Frontier Days carnival and Sparks in the Park draw locals and county outliers, where they spend their sometimes limited income on temporary carnival rides, games, beer and music.
I find the people-watching fascinating and a window into life, perhaps, more on the edge.