Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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July 17, 2013

Much more to the fair than the midway

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Another part of it is the dollars and cents part. These animals don’t come cheap, so it is sometimes quite a financial outlay for the family. And think of the animals that don’t make it to the show ring and die just before the show. That is almost like losing a family member.

But these projects are a family affair, and they take the place of summer vacations for the family. The lessons learned in the animal projects are some that can lead to vocations for a lifetime.

There are a lot of projects that don’t involve animals. It used to be considered a program for country kids, not town kids. But nowadays there are projects for any young person regardless of where they live.

I grew up in the country and took the usual “girls’” projects of cooking and sewing plus some crafts and electric. I can cook, sew, do crafts, and wire electric plugs and some minor electric repairs. I even won a trip to Washington, D.C. and New York with my record in the electric project. I will carry those memories with me for a lifetime.

Another special building for me is the Farm and Home Center. There are a lot of beautiful articles there. We have a very large photography exhibit, and with the cameras available now, it is easy to come up with some very nice pictures. The foods exhibits went in yesterday, but as I write this, it is still in the future.

I’m sure the judges will find some very tasty cakes, pies, cookies, and breads. It will be hard for them to make a decision as to whom to give the ribbons.

Yes, there are a lot of things to see at the fair besides the midway. So go on out and look around and see what Decatur County has been up to.

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