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By Karl Terry

Thanks to many who make county fair happen


August 27, 2017

County fairs are amazing things from an organizational standpoint.

There are so many different cogs, and so much planning goes into doing it right. I’m proud that my hometown fair in Roosevelt County still takes the time and effort to do things right.

We have one group of folks working on planning out the livestock shows. That is a nearly year-round job for a lot of the young people who show those animals. It’s also a lot of commitment for parents and advisers, making sure the kids are caring for their animals properly. The result is always amazing considering that family farms are becoming more and more scarce.

To go along with a successful batch of livestock shows you need a great Junior Livestock Auction. How else are all those kids going to pay a feed bill and put away a little money for college. This is where community shines as the prices climb when local businesses and fat cats get involved in the bidding. We’re blessed in this category for a community our size.

We have a dedicated group working hard to keep the Home Arts Building fully stocked with talents that are quickly becoming extinct in the day and age when you don’t make your clothes you order them online and you don’t can your foods, you pluck them from the shelf in a giant supermarket.

Fine Arts depends on student involvement as well but our department is alive and well. The Merchant’s Building has evolved greatly over the years and these days may depend on a video presentation of a product or service and home-based businesses now have a weeklong storefront.

Someone has to negotiate with a carnival and place all the food vendors around the grounds that we love so much. Bands are a big part of the fair and they have to be hired and scheduled.

Often an extra entertainment option is added. This year it was lawn mowers racing around the outdoor arena at up to 70 mph. We’ve had motocross, tractor pulls, ranch rodeos, ropings and other events over the years.

The best moments of this fair was watching three families I know well get honored as Pioneers of the Year at the annual Pioneer Luncheon. I got a lot of hugs from some of the sweetest ladies on this planet during the event and enjoyed some good food.

Finally, I got to witness the thrill of a couple of girls and their mom as the youngsters put together baked good and crafts entries. I got to test the prototype cupcakes at a church potluck a week ahead of the fair and was thrilled to see those cupcakes receive a best of show award.

Thank you to all those folks who give their time every year to make our fair such a special time for regular country folks.

Karl Terry writes for Clovis Media Inc. Contact him at: [email protected]


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