Fair season is upon us and this week’s online poll question is: “What’s the best thing about fair time?”
The Iowa State Fair is Aug. 7-17, and while there are lots of cattle shows, the best show there is the Governor's Charity Steer Show, which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9. After the show, which gets a lot of non-farm people involved, the steers are auctioned off, and the dollars raised go to Ronald McDonald House Charities in the state. It's a great philanthropic effort...more than $2.3 million raised in 31 years!
This will be my 51st Minnesota State Fair--first as a member of the State 4-H staff for many years, then a volunteer/vendor with Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers, and now back to 4-H as project manager for the 4-H Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture (Consumer Education and Promotion) program during the 4-H livestock week-end. It's been a GREAT journey!! Love those 4-H kids!!
I love county fairs and the time one spends with family and friends.
I now market a large fair and rodeo in the city on a major interstate. People here come to the fair for many different reasons-mostly the food and carnival. That is their choice but I strive to educate our fair attendee about agriculture at some point. I don't let a TV reporter leave the grounds without going to the livestock barn and meeting an exhibitor. I would have to say they have a different view of the fair when they leave the grounds and it shows in their report.
Malheur Co Fair is a time for gathering. Seeing old friends, watching the students show their year long work, eating fair food and enjoying the bounty that our County has-in people and exhibits.
For us its the family teamwork involved in getting cattle ready for show, the tenseness and suspense as they compete, the satisfaction with trophies, ribbons and banners in hand, and then, as we have always taught them - work before play....so after show day is over - its time for the mid way, friends and food!
What’s the best thing about fair time? When it shuts down and goes away!
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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