Celebrating the fair

Adri's Adventures

This week the Hamilton County Fair is celebrating 100 years. Past and present 4-H’ers, fair queens, and supporters of the fair have all been present this week at the fairgrounds.

Hamilton County’s fair reaching the century milestone is impressive. It shows the dedication the people of Hamilton County have to both tradition and agriculture.

The buildings that house animals, exhibits and works of art are pieces of history themselves. Restored brick buildings give visitors a glimpse into the past. Thanks to the restorations and work to keep up the integrity of these buildings, fair-goers can build upon the past to carry the Hamilton County Fair into the future.

If the people of Hamilton County continue to put their hearts into this annual event, I’m sure the next 100 years will be even better.

In my two years of covering the fair, I have learned many things about the county and fair-goers. Here are some of the things I’ve noticed:

• The amount of time, hard work and dedication put in by the fair board is astronomical.

• Youth involved in 4-H spend a great deal of time caring for their animals, completing projects, and improving their speaking skills. Each student I talk with is passionate about 4-H.

• The parents of 4-H’ers are also to be applauded. I don’t know how many readers out their work with livestock in their daily lives, but it can be challenging and expensive. Kudos to the parents passing down their work ethic and values.

• I’m a sucker for fair food. If it’s deep fried, there is a 99.9 percent chance that I will sample it. I am easily won over by funnel cake with powdered sugar and fruit smoothies.

• I am also a sucker for animals of all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s the rabbit show, horse showmanship or lambs, you can count me in as a show observer. Besides, tell me it isn’t adorable watching youth care for their animals.

• The races at the fair, along with the exhibits and midway rides, bring in people from across the state and other parts of the U.S., which is a great way to promote all the great things Hamilton County and Webster City have to offer.

If you haven’t been out to the fairgrounds this week, there is still a lot going on.

There are 4-H exhibits on display, fun games on the Midway, pork loin judging and more!

Check out the county fair this week and make it an adventure!