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Fair is Fair
July 20, 2009 |
Post to the Host:
I just read your article about the state fair in this month's National Geographic and loved it. I was especially touched by the section about the fair as an agricultural expo and the young people who show animals. I grew up dairy farming (I still milk cows on the family farm) and I remember showing cows at the state fair as our version of summer camp, but with a bigger purpose. Those times nurtured a lifelong pride in being fortunate enough to call myself a farmer. I've always admired your prose (I was an English major in college) and it's a treat for you to pay tribute to our profession this way.
You are indeed an English major, Bret, and your letter is one of the few in the history of PTTH that I did not edit even so much as a comma. How could one not be moved by the sight of teenagers showing their animals at the state fair? I especially remember the llamas at the Iowa State Fair and the tenderness between this large gentle and somewhat ludicrous animal and the girls who had raised them, slender Iowa farm girls stroking the long llama neck and looking into its big brown eyes. The Iowa fair was a beautiful thing.