Nation: Summer, U.S.A.

And the festival going is easy

After months of gas lines, inflation, summitry and SALT debate, the coming of August brought a change of tempo and mood. Congress adjourned and Washington lapsed into sultry somnolence. All across the nation, though problems might be real enough, there was a sense of vacation, of enjoyment, even of celebration.

Tis the season of the festival, and a festival nowadays is a protean feast. It is a group of local notables trying to put clothes on live chickens in a contest at the Hamilton County Fair near Cincinnati. It...

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