The County Fair: A Celebration of Community and Hard Work

One of the most exciting aspects of county fairs is the opportunity to see the 4H and FFA projects on display. From photography to woodworking, sewing to baking – these young people have put in countless hours to hone their skills and create something special. The joy they exude as they show off their hard-earned creations is contagious, and you may just find yourself feeling inspired to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill yourself.

The livestock barn is another highlight of the county fair – it’s where the hard work of these young people truly shines. Spending countless hours and investing plenty of money to raise prized animals, these kids show up at the fair with their livestock in tow, ready to demonstrate just how much care and dedication it took to get their animal to the fair in top shape. When auction day arrives, the pride in their accomplishments is palpable; the funds raised from these auctions go towards funding even more projects and helping these youngsters continue to succeed.

Another striking aspect of the county fair is the sense of leadership that radiates from the barn. Tending to animals and ensuring they’re well-fed and healthy isn’t a job for the faint of heart; it takes dedication and responsibility to keep livestock in top shape. What’s amazing to witness is how these young people step up to the challenge; they work together, support one another, and contribute to tasks like setting up and tearing down with enthusiasm and tireless dedication. Watching them work together, you can’t help but feel heartened by the bright future these kids have in store.

Attending a county fair may seem like a small, local event – but in reality, it’s so much more than that. It’s a celebration of hard work, a testament to the dedication of young people in our communities, and a chance to come together and support one another. When you walk through the livestock barn and see the beaming faces of young leaders, you’re reminded that our future is in good hands. As the county fair season approaches, take some time to appreciate all that our local communities have to offer – and to celebrate just how much hard work and dedication goes into keeping them thriving.

Here are some of the upcoming fair dates for 2023

Perry County Fair: June 12th – June 17th

Washington County Fair: July 11th – July 15th

Randolph County Fair: July 14th – July 17th

Monroe County Fair: July 23rd- July 30th-

Madison County Fair:  July 26th – July 31st

St Clair County Fair: August 3rd- August 6th


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