For several weeks each year, the people in the little town of Sunnyvale did little else but prepare for the big county fair. Miss Robbins made jellies, Grandma Tibbets knitted a rug, Jane and June curried their pony, Mr. Turner groomed Taurus the bull. Though everyone agreed that ""Archie was a lovable dog"", Mark was not quite sure his pet would win a prize. The day of the fair is one round of exciting events,- watermelon eating contests, Ferris wheel rides, fortune telling and blue ribbons. But the high point of the day is the audden escape of Taurrus the bull who is barked back into his pen by none other than Archie. Though Archie is not awarded a blue ribbon, Mark is proud when the Mayor presents him with a special prize for bravery. The doings at county fairs come alive through Paul pictures (in one color) and Miss Goudey's simple sunny text.