Ozark Empire Fair

I haven't photographed a county fair in four years, since I worked at my last newspaper. I always enjoy the earnestness of the fair, with the FFA and 4-Hers, and the way it turns into something different as the sun sets. When 417 Magazine asked me to shoot the Ozark Empire Fair, I shook off the rust and tapped into my previous experience while trying to give it a fresh look - at least for me. 

 The Sizzler entertains fairgoers at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 28, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Lucas Bouldin, of Brighton, Mo., helps harness Titan, an English shire, before a youth cart competition at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 28, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 The Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 29, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Danny Terrell, of Springfield, sings "Thunder Rolls" at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 28, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 The Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 29, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Fairgoers ride the carousel at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 29, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Katha Jackson works a funnel cake stand at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 28, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.