County fair a celebration of area’s past, present and future

The calendar says late July, which can only mean one thing -- it’s showtime!
The annual Hamilton County Fair promises to be a feel-good event again this year, the 147th version of what has become a traditional celebration of our ag-based heritage. There is indeed something for everyone, including events as old as the fair itself, combined with a few new activities, by design.
The next few days will culminate months of hard work for 4-H and FFA youth who have been preparing their animals and entries for the fair. Lots of ribbons and trophies will be handed out, but what are even more valuable are the life lessons learned along the way. It takes so much dedication, time and effort to prepare and show these animals and various entries, nurturing a Midwest work ethic that will serve our young people well throughout their lives. It’s worth your time to tour the barns and exhibits, showing support for young folks who represent the next generation of agricultural leaders.
If you are looking for some fun, there’s a full agenda at the fairgrounds throughout the coming week. Check out the schedule in this week’s edition for all there is to see and do.
And of course, what would a county fair be without a corn dog, cotton candy, Figure 8 race or sights and sounds of the Midway? The opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbors, enjoying one last blast of summer, makes it a sure blue-ribbon winner. The forecast looks terrific this year, according to the weather man, which could provide a cooler than usual setting for animals and fairgoers alike.
All you have to do is look around at area fields, farms and agri-businesses to see how blessed our county is and has been. The Hamilton County Fair celebrates that ag-based heritage as well as our future.
See you there!
Kurt Johnson

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