jjoyce wrote:By the way, if an east-side Madison summer street fair (like this weekend's Fete de Marquette) is the ultimate liberal good time (world music, ethnic cuisine, freak flags flyin' everywhere), what's the conservative equivalent? Seriously and without prejudice, what would, say, a Waukesha conservative put up as the ultimate community good time on a Saturday night?
I grew up in Waukesha County (I left when I was 17, although still lived there during summers until I finished college). Summer-Saturday-night-wise--I was a 4-H kid, so spent *lots* of time at the county fair, and a decent amount of time at other local little fairs. Subtract most of the ethnic food, take away the hula-hoops, add a lot more country music and classic rock, and really, it's not too different. Pretty comparable to, say, the Dane County Fair, or the Stoughton Fair. Deep fried foods, carnival rides and games, and music make for a good Saturday night regardless of your politics. Speaking of the Fete, I got my parents to come to Madison for it a year or two ago--even my conservative dad really enjoyed it (he did live in Madison in the late 60s/early 70s, though, so may be a little more accepting of the Madison vibe than your average Waukesha County conservative).
I have no idea what Waukesha County folks do in the winter for fun, though, other than go skiing at Olympia--which is quite possibly the worst ski hill around.
As a side note, bands/musicians I saw as a kid at the Waukesha County Fair include the Violent Femmes, the BoDeans, Weird Al Yankovic, Ted Nugent (I had a backstage pass to that one! Didn't meet the guy, though), REO Speedwagon, and Richard Marx.