I hope you all are having a wonderful end to your summer! I know for most, fall approaching means halloween decorations in stores, hot chocolate, sweaters, and pumpkin everything (any Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte fanatics out there?)! But for me and many others, fall approaching is synonymous with fair season. My boyfriend and his family show their Clydesdales at 4 – 5 area fairs a year, and this year I have been lucky enough to help them out! Due to personal circumstances, I left my job at Hord Livestock and moved back to my hometown, where now I am happy to say I work on a dairy farm!
Nevertheless, fair season (my personal favorite season), is upon us, and I wanted to make a list for this post. So, my list is the Top 5 Things Fair Goers Should Do At The Fair. And this list is in order for fair goers to get the most out of the agricultural side of the fair and really learn more about what the animals and the kids have brought to the fair to make it such a wonderful experience. Here goes.
- Walk through ALL of the livestock and horse barns – that way, you can see each and every one of the animals. You never know who you might run across – a friend, a coworker’s child, all of whom are perfect candidates to talk to to ask questions! Which, brings me to my next item.
- Ask the kids (or parents of the kids) about their animals – these kids have worked all year round to work with their animal and learn more about raising their animal – they will be more than happy to share their knowledge about their favorite pet with you! This is the time to get to know exactly how animals are raised in today’s society, all the while making a young child’s day!
- Watch the cows being milked at the milking parlor – most fairs allow fair goers to watch the dairy cattle being milked, or they will even have a milking demonstration. You can learn alot about where your morning glass of milk comes from!
- Buy a milkshake at the dairy stand – there is almost always a dairy stand at the fair that is run by and supports local dairy farmers. Support them and you get a delicious milkshake out of it! They are usually the best milkshakes you can get!
- And lastly, stop in at a livestock or horse show – you can learn alot about the animals by watching how they are shown and what is expected of them. Often, at the livestock shows such as beef cattle, dairy cattle, pigs, and sheep, the judge will say exactly why he placed a class of animals the way he did. Another great way to learn!
There is alot to learn and see at a county fair, take full advantage! Until next time, enjoy your Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and learn some about agriculture!