Agriculture is all about the families that work the land, milk the cows, raise the livestock and preserve our environment. For many of these families they have been doing this for generations and at this years' state fair, those who have had the farm in the family for 150 years were honored
With the county fair season coming to a close this labor daty weekend. I thought it might be nice to get a status report on the health and direction of county fairs. So I went to a man who has been associated with fairs in Wisconsin for most of his adult life
Although much of our attention is given to the junior fair exhibitors when they are preparing for or, are actually in the show ring. That is just a small part of their fair experience. What they do while on barn duty really carries a bigger message to the fairgoers on how well farmers really do treat their animals.
Although the term payback can have both a positive and negative connotation, its all positive when you speak of the reason why many adult volunteers share their time and talents in the livestock project areas of the county fair.
The county fair is all about education, but that is not limited to just the junior fair exhibitors. County fair advocates have been trying to raise the level of ag literacy in their counties through projects like the Ag Ventures tent
When I head over to the fairgrounds I always try to watch the competition for showmanship, because for me, that shows how much time and effort the youth have given to their animals. Plus it's a competition where all the exhibitors are on a level playing field.
Showing at the county fairs has provided multi-generational opportunities to show for many families . Today we meet a family who has been showing beef cattle at the Oconto County fair since 1969.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Wisconsin. In Brown County current members, alumni and supporters gathered together at the fairgrounds to create a picture perfect way to salute this outstanding youth organization.
The county fair means different things to different people. But when you're talking about the value of the county fair for the exihibitors, its all about the education and fun they can have. And that is where the role of the judge becomes so important.
One of the big advatages in having farm technology days rotate throughout the state is to highlight the agriclture of the area. That certainly was a draw for this years show, which was held in the central sands and focused in on the states' vegetable crops.