Community Comment

Going to the fair this summer?

August 20, 2009
AP Photo/Ed Reinke

Jodi Holt trims the ear of a red and white Holstein cow in preparation for her showing in the dairy competition at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Ky., Thursday.
 (The Spokesman-Review)
August 20, 2009 AP Photo/Ed Reinke Jodi Holt trims the ear of a red and white Holstein cow in preparation for her showing in the dairy competition at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Ky., Thursday. (The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...


Jodi Holt trims the ear of a red and white Holstein cow in preparation for her showing in the dairy competition at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Ky., Thursday in this morning's picture of the day from the AP news wire.


I cannot help but wonder how many readers in Community Comment ever had the privilege of preparing livestock for the State Fair, as I once did, not that we have a State Fair here in Spokane. It is so unfortunate that our Spokane Interstate Fair has forsaken their support for such things as Future Farmers of America (FFA) and other groups dedicated to instilling good values in farm kids. Kids used to wear their FFA jackets with pride. Where are they now?


There is something ennobling and humbling about raising livestock from their infancy, grooming and tending them in the heat of the summer sitting in a barn at the State Fair, and eventually selling them for a profit.


It has been several years since I attended the Spokane Interstate Fair. Instead I go to other places, such as the Adams County Fair, The Pend O'Reille County State Fair and even the Kootenai County State Fairs where the kids and their animals always seem to take precedence over the thrill show rides and carnival atmospheres.


Were you raised on a farm? Were you a member of the FFA? What fairs do you like attending as we wind down summer?


Dave




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