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Talking it over: Appreciate the efforts

The County Fair is over and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. There are so many great things to do at the fair, go on rides, eat, look at exhibits, eat, watch the free entertainment, eat, attend grandstand events and of course, eat again. You may have gotten the idea of what I enjoy most at the fair.

I also like checking out the exhibits and attending some of the judging. Unless you have exhibited something at the fair, you may not realize how much time and effort go into these projects. It doesn’t just begin a few days or even a few weeks before the fair but actually starts much earlier in the year.

For livestock projects it begins when the animal is born. Making sure to select an animal from good genetic background and make-up is the start of many grand champion projects. Then add in good feed, exercise and tender loving care to the mixture. Lastly, the showmanship demonstrated by the exhibitor can make or break a project.

Other exhibits also start out early. Needlework, crafts, photography and sewing are things that are worked on all year long. Horticulture entries begin when those seeds are planted in the spring and a good project is the result of proper weeding, watering and bug prevention. Even the baking projects probably meant several practice tries of the recipes before the final product was made.

You also have to appreciate all the work put in by the Fair Board. Their planning and work goes on throughout the year as they look for entertainment and make necessary updates and repairs. In my opinion, the Stevens County Fair is one of the best in the area.

I hope you enjoyed the many projects on display at the fair and took the time to appreciate the hours of work that went into these entries. If you looked closely you may have been surprised, as I was, at the talents of people we know and see each day.

The county fair concept began over 100 years ago as a way for homemakers and farmers to show the results of their daily toils. That remains as the base of our fairs today despite all the other great things that have been added in along the way (like the food).

For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed visiting both county and state fairs and appreciated the hard work of many Minnesotans. I can’t wait for the next fair but maybe a few weeks of rest (and dieting) before-hand will be advisable.