For those of you who have never been to the county fair, it is often revered as the best week of the summer by many young showmen and agriculturists across the country. It is a week to show off projects you’ve worked hard on, win awards, earn money, hang out with people who like the same things as you and learn some valuable lessons. In short, fair week rocks!
This morning started this year’s Sanilac County 4-H Fair. As one of only two strictly 4-H fairs in the state, we follow a few extra guidelines. There is no alcohol allowed on grounds and there are no open shows outside of still exhibits (arts, crafts, food). Basically, it’s all about the kids.
Today, I worked with my family to move all of the FFA animals and members in (my dad is the local FFA advisor). Livestock had to be weighed and washed and fed, entry wristbands had to be retrieved, decorations had to be hung and showmanship skills had to be polished. A lot of these kids have never worked with livestock before, so the county fair is a whole new experience.
Tomorrow will be the start of the livestock shows. The swine show is in the morning and the sheep show is in the afternoon. This is only my second year not showing, so I’m still getting used to being outside of the ring. Still, its great to see the next generation learning and experiencing all the great things I did.
Tune in tomorrow to find about Day 2 and (hopefully!) some pictures!