It's a cross between the "good old days" and our future. It's also a step into a world that some of us are getting further and further out of touch with and I am not sure that's necessarily a good thing. Yes, there are still things going on like kids raising animals, making preserves, doing needlepoint, quilting, training horses and more. It's not a time warp and it's not any reason to be alarmed....it's a chance to get out and support some kids who are doing more than staring at Ipads and spending time on Snapchat. It's the Muskegon County Fair and it's been going strong for generations and is about to get underway for 2018.
The site set up was happening on Thursday night and it was all hands on deck to get the fairgrounds ready for the show. After all, there are plenty of things to see and do coming up and you certainly want the setting to be pristine back among the trees and barns at the fairgrounds. Soon, the place will be alive with every thing from rabbits to horses, calves to chickens and young people who participate in agricultural endeavors will have the chance to show off their hard work and compete to see how they have done. Who's going to get the blue ribbon? Yes a blue ribbon is still a thing.
There will be plenty of attractions. Sheep judging, swine judging, cat shows, goats, a talent show, antique tractor pulls, mini horse pulls, a livestock auction, youth rodeo, a vendor and craft show...they will have an SJO Supercross one night, a beer tent for the grown up's and more! This is a chance to get out of the every day hustle and bustle of the noise of life and enjoy a little feeling of days gone by that are really, not all that far gone. It's also a chance to give young people a chance to see what other young people do that might spark an interest in something like canning....or maybe pie baking....or maybe quilting. All wonderful arts and crafts that I for one don't think we should be in such a rush to let slip away. Slow down a little and stroll the fair!
All this came about because I was invited out by Kristien Moyer and Veronica Villalobos to come to the livestock auction and bid on their calves and pigs. They are in the 8th and 9th grade in Ravenna. I reached out to their 4-H leader and asked if they could come on to talk about the fair and what it means to them. The graciously agreed and they took a break from set up night to talk about their fair experience. Take a listen.
This event is free to attend, there might be a cost for some of the special events and of course, if you are out bidding on a prized pig or cow...it will cost you a little, but you'll fill your freezer and you'll support some great kids. This too might be a great chance to let your kids get a little dirty and dusty out at the fairgrounds and see up close and personal what it is to raise a cow or some chickens! It's wonderful thing for all of us, so take some time and head out to the County Fair