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What’s The Best Thing About Fair Time? PLUS: 6 State Fair Reads You’ll Love


Fair time is finally here, and it’s a great time to watch livestock shows, eat junk food, catch a concert, spend quality time with family, and enjoy visiting with friends. This week’s poll asks, “What’s the best thing about fair time? Plus, I’ve rounded up six state fair blogs you might enjoy reading.

Over the weekend, Tyler and I took our daughter Scarlett to her first cattle show. Later this week, she will attend her first county fair to watch her aunt Kaley show a heifer and steer.

Fair time is definitely one I look forward to each summer, and it will be fun to make memories as a family of three doing what we love to do. From the livestock shows, to the networking, to the food and entertainment, what’s not to love?

This week’s poll on the homepage asks, “What’s the best thing about fair time?

With 35 votes so far, 83% say the livestock shows are the best part about the fair; while 11% love the food; 6% enjoy the entertainment; and 6% said “other.”

Vote in the poll here.



Readers are weighing in as well with their own reflections about fair time:

• “I had to say other because while the fair can be just one venue for some, the whole experience is what I now enjoy. When our kids used to show it was always about the livestock and friends in the barn for me. Now that we don't have any at the fair (kids or cattle), we take it all in.”

•“The time I have spent with my son working with his livestock is something that can't be taken away. I have watched his maturity level rise as well as his confidence.”

• “The time with family is priceless.”


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To commemorate this fun time of year, I’ve rounded up six blog posts that celebrate fair season.

1. Musings From The State Fair

2. You Call The State Fair A Vacation? 

3. Readers Share Their Favorite State Fair Memories

4. What’s Your Favorite State Fair Memory?

5. Ahh, Fair Time Is Just Around The Corner

6. A Challenge To Fair-Goers

What do you love about fair time? Share your favorite memories in the comments section below.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of or the Penton Farm Progress Group.


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Discuss this Blog Entry 3

cowmandan (not verified)
on Jul 29, 2014

Our county fair is coming up in a few weeks and our kids are working very hard to be ready. They love being in the barns with friends and sleeping in the camper at night and getting to stay there with their animals.

Robert Gwilt (not verified)
on Jul 29, 2014

What a beautiful picture of you and your family.

on Jul 30, 2014

Love the picture of you & your family - thanks for sharing! My favorite thing about the fair is all of the wonderful people you get to visit with - many of whom we see just during that time of year. :)

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