Will County Fairs Survive Into The Future?


By Jay Michaels

Filer, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) County fairs like this one have been around for hundreds of years. But what will they look like in the future?

Bigger cities often have commercial fairs, where big ranches are paid to bring in cattle to show. But since its beginning, the Twin Falls County Fair has been all about the people on the frontlines of agriculture.

Shadow Seaman says, "I love to have the competition. The kids learn so much more, the parents and adults alike learn so much more because of the agricultural aspect and the competition part."

Seaman loves to see the spark in small communities like this one. He explains this fair is brand new to people who move in from out of town. But it will take passing the torch to the next generation if this fair is going to survive into the future.

9 year old Samantha Orique says, "It's important to learn about your animal more, so it gets used to you, so you can control it better. Because if you're not learning about your animal too much, you really don't know how to control it."

To pass the fair along successfully, kids will need to learn farm-related skills. If they don't participate in programs like 4-H, they won't get a chance to pass it along to their children. These kids seem to have a good head start.

9 year old Dacian Nunes says, "Today we're going to work a while on barn duty. The judges are going to come. We're going to try and raise our stuff up, and win the prize."

A prize for the next generation to ensure the fair continues far into the future.

August 30, 2013.

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