Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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July 17, 2013

Much more to the fair than the midway

By the time you are reading this, another Decatur County Fair will be heading to the history books real soon.

If you hurry, you can still catch it today and tomorrow.

I thought we were going to have such a nice, cool week for it, but as I am writing this, it has turned hotter than pepper. But I shouldn’t complain, as it is still better than it was last year.

I was somewhat saddened when I read that some people’s favorite part of the fair is the rides. I’ll bet most of them didn’t step foot inside the 4-H buildings, the Farm and Home center, or the animals’ locations. Oh, maybe some of them walked through all the animals, but for most of them it is the rides that catch their attention.

There are countless hours spent, as well as dollars and cents, on getting the exhibits ready. Just think of how many hours it takes to get an animal ready to show.

These kids don’t just take an animal and put it in a pen and then get a halter around its neck and take it to the show ring. They have been walking and talking to the animal for most of the summer getting it ready so that it won’t be scared by all the people walking past. They feed it a special diet so that it will have a shiny coat, or feathers, or fur, depending on the animal. Have you ever watched a 4-H’er wash a calf, a pig, or a chicken? Yes, that is part of it.

Oh, yes, there is manure to scoop too, so it isn’t all pleasant; but these kids know all about the fun things as well as those dirty jobs that go along with it.

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