Capturing the Essence of A County Fair A Photographic Journey at the Oakland County Fair


Exploring the Vibrant Midway

The moment Don stepped onto the fairgrounds, he was greeted by a kaleidoscope of colors, lights, and laughter. The lively atmosphere filled him with excitement, knowing he was about to capture moments of joy and tradition. The colorful midway, with its enticing array of rides and games, became the perfect backdrop for his artistic vision. As families strolled by, with children clutching cotton candies and balloons, Don found himself capturing candid shots that radiated happiness and nostalgia.

The Shuck n Ladders Experience

Amidst the whirlwind of excitement, Don Johnston discovered a hidden gem at the Oakland County Fair – the Shuck n Ladders corn roasting booth. This charming vendor had been serving up delicious roasted corn for generations, becoming an integral part of the fair's identity. Don was intrigued by the warm smiles and satisfied expressions of fairgoers as they indulged in this beloved treat. The Shuck n Ladders booth proved to be an authentic slice of tradition, with its aroma of roasted corn filling the air and creating a sense of togetherness amongst fair attendees.

Capturing Street Life

Don's lens seemed to have a magical ability to freeze time, allowing him to preserve candid moments that would otherwise vanish into the annals of memory. As he roamed the fairgrounds, he snapped shots of friends testing their skills at the carnival games, young couples sharing tender moments on the Ferris wheel, and the talented street performers who wowed the crowd with their acts. Every image captured the vibrancy and energy that filled the air, transporting the viewers into the heart of the fair's jubilant spirit.

Preserving Tradition through Photography

As a commercial photographer, Don understood the importance of not just capturing images but telling stories through his lens. The Oakland County Fair held a cherished place in the hearts of many local residents, as it represented a longstanding tradition that brought the community together. By photographing the fair, Don Johnston became a storyteller, ensuring that the moments of joy, laughter, and togetherness would be preserved for generations to come.


In the heart of the Oakland County Fair, Detroit area commercial photographer Don Johnston embarked on a photographic adventure that encapsulated the true essence of the event. From the lively and colorful midway to the cherished Shuck n Ladders corn roasting booth, Don's camera immortalized moments of joy, tradition, and community spirit. The images he captured will serve as a lasting tribute to the beauty and significance of this local fair, reminding us all of the joyous memories created on its hallowed grounds. As we bid farewell to another successful fair, we are grateful to Don Johnston for his artistry and dedication in capturing the magic of the Oakland County Fair.

National Ads photography by Don Johnston

My name is Don Johnston and I am an advertising photographer based in Oxford, Michigan. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, I have had the privilege of photographing some of the most incredible cars on the planet over the world in amazing locations.

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