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.
A big day on the fair grounds for the junior fair exhibitors is entry day. A day in which the junior fair projects are judged in a face to face setting which many believe adds to the educational aspect of the fair.
If you heading to State Fair Park and looking for a little ag-u cation the perfect venue is the discovery barn. The facility is a great opportunity for families to see first hand what production agriculture is all about.
Tuesday was dedicated to the 4-H organization at state fair as fair goers got a hands on look at what today's 4-H is all about. The day featured demonstrations , games, entertainment and opportunities that todays' 4-H provides. The program also stressed the value of the 4-H experience for youth and their families