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Hats off to the Fayette County Fair
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Hats off to the Fayette County Fair

The 2013 Fayette County Fair had the best livestock and the most dedicated FFA and 4-H members I have seen in a long time. For those who did not go, not only did you miss out on seeing extraordinary livestock, poultry and equine, but you missed out on seeing a great bunch of hardworking and diligent kids with excellent showmanship skills. While observing the different shows, I saw judges shake their heads and comment on how hard it was to choose winners because of the excellence of showmanship and livestock.

No, the midway wasn’t filled with Ferris wheels, tilt-a-whirls, corn dog and cotton candy stands that would normally be seen at a county fair, but instead was concentrated on the kids and their animals. The kids and livestock are what made the appearance. To me, that is what a County Fair’s focus should be on. Food was served by vendors such as The Dairy Association, The Cattleman’s Association, and The Fayette County 4-H Booths, among others, where money earned could go back into supporting 4-H and FFA. Another noticeable tribute to this fair, was the parents and their involvement with their kids, along with support from the general public.

In a world where society complains about kids not getting involved with outdoor activities, maybe if we adults showed more interest in outdoor activities, our kids also would. This fair is an event for anyone in Fayette County and anyone else who would like to be involved and encourage kids, agriculture, 4-H and FFA. For those that did not attend the 2013 Fayette County Fair, I would definitely suggest making plans to attend the 2014 event.

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