State and County Fairs (& Food We Love at Them!)

The state fair, a local county fair…. it’s amazing to me how different the pictures in my mind are now from what they used to be. I grew up a city girl and although I do remember where the livestock area was at my local fair (the Mid-South Fair which has moved locations recently), I only remember a hurried run-through now and then (usually with my fingers on my nose most likely as I remember it as smelly LOL).

As I’ve gotten to know more people in the livestock side of agriculture, I realized those smelly barns likely housed high hopes from young and old who had been working with animals for some time to get them in show condition. I got my first look at showing livestock last fall. Some of the farmers I know are involved in their local fairs and demonstrating agriculture you can follow online are:

  • Some of the beef folks that showed me around my first show (NAILE) — Mike Haley on Twitter or Facebook and Andy Vance on Twitter.  Both are breeders for Simmental and Short Horns, respectively, at the Ohio State Fair this week.
  • Farmers Tim and Emily Zweber — his Twitter, her Twitter and the Zweber Farms blog and Facebook. Tim says they are taking dairy cows & sheep to the county fair and tells me their son will be showing a calf as a novice.
  • A twitter friend (@PamiSuePorkPage) says her 13 year old will be showing a pig for the first time (blog includes a few in the pork business others)
  • Kelly Whatley (friend from Twitter and her blog) says her sons show pigs county and Texas majors and have lots of fun!

Sure, my mom reminds me we surely saw something along that line as I was growing up, I only remember a rodeo and listening to Roger Miller sing about rollerskating with a buffalo herd. I also can’t imagine I never heard of something that gets a lot of discussion from Midwestern farmers going to the fair life-sized butter sculptures. Surely I couldn’t have missed that within a few minutes of my house! I mean, I LOVE BUTTER!

Mike Haley & thousands of others look forward to the butter cow at the Ohio State Fair each year

My idea of the fair as a child included:

  • going through a few buildings with booths of stuff where we would pick up SWAG (stuff we all get)
  • the midway of rides (some I loved and some that scared me so much I wouldn’t go near them)
  • a lot of walking
  • maybe a concert or rodeo
  • arts & crafts competitions (especially some my grandmom or us kids would enter)
  • a day out of school whether it was spent at the fair or elsewhere
  • and more than anything else, it meant food!

Which brings us to this week’s food poll! (and in Memphis we don’t have to wait for the fair for food, check the ILoveMemphis blog post as a review of Carnival Food)

And as I searched the net for photos, I found this awesome shot that looks like it could have been when I was a tiny kid. I had to put it on here even though is says it was before I was born.

About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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