As a kid the county fair was never a big deal in my family. Urban dwellers that we were, we had our fill of twirly rides when the traveling rides would fill an area shopping center parking lot. And animals? Our folks would drag us off to family reunions held at someone’s (usually Great Grand Dad’s) farm. That was enough exposure to animals for most of us. As a grown up, I’ve worked more than a couple county fairs. If the Nevada County Fair, the Moffat County Fair, the Butte County Fair, The Yuba Sutter Fair are any indication, I really missed out on a lot of fun by missing out on the Allen County Fair.
The Nevada County Fair is upon us and in just a couple weeks, The sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes will all be reborn. No doubt about it, the Nevada County Fair is tops in every category. There’s one big reason I enjoy this fair. The kids! The kids that are there for business. The Ag Kids. They are learning a lesson about how to make it in this world. And that lesson starts with advertising their product.
Every year KNCO gets a ton of letters from the 4-H and FFA kids. These letters range from 1st year exhibitors to kids that are heading off to their first year in college shortly after the fair. They talk about the joys and challenges of raising animals for sale at the fair. These letters talk about how much fun the writers have had over their careers and what the future hopefully holds. Tom & I share these letters on air. I read them during Swap Shop and really enjoy seeing what the people that hold the future of our great nation have in mind. It’s encouraging. It’s up lifting. And when the letters are accompanied by cookies (or brownies this year – a first) the experience is not only fulfilling, it’s filling . . . . . .