Thursday, August 30, 2012

County Fair

It's County Fair time in NW Arkansas this week. Summer is winding down, school has started and for farmers it's a time to show off a little and relax. It's been a long, hard summer with record temperatures and no rain in the forecast... the recent showers are much appreciated. In a farmers' life, there's always next year.

There's a lot of work that goes into winning a blue ribbon. Future Farmers of America encourage our kids to be the best they can be by preparing them for a life of feeding the world. A career in agriculture is more than planting and harvesting...it's a science, a business and a lifestyle.

FFA programs are funded though sponsorships and private donations at the local, state and national levels. Yearly membership dues are only $7, a small price that allows anyone who desires to join.

Agricultural education began in the school systems in 1917 when Congress passed the Smith-Hughes Act. Now over 800,000 students participate in agri education programs.

The FFA Creed
I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
We could all benefit from living our lives by this creed, don't you think?

There's not a kid alive that doesn't love going to the fair... it's an experience that lives in your heart your whole life!

Biggest and Best Produce... bragging rights for a whole year!



Cotton Candy... hungry for it now, aren't you?

Candy Apples

Deep Fried Snickers... oh yeah baby!

Don't miss your county fair, it's so much fun no matter how old you are!


4 comments:

  1. LOVE this post... wonderful pictures... and I adore the Agricultural fairs... I sure hope farming has a future... and not the factory farms.

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    1. Thanks Karen, you are a part of that movement, we just make and effort to be a part of it!

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  2. Our county fair is stinky, and brings out people that well...shouldn't be brought out. : -) I do love the deep fried veggies and cotton candy though. : -) That cow picture just melted my heart!!

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    1. I do love the livestock barns and then there is the food, this year's hottest thing is deep fried Kool-Aid!

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