This week is our county fair. I remember the Greene County Fair from when I was a kid and am overwhelmed by the changes that have taken place since my teens. Oh, I know, I'm remembering another time, like old people do, I never thought I'd be remembering things from the past in such a melancholy way.
When I was a kid, from the age of nine until I graduated, I was in 4-H. Some of my favorite memories of growing up were being in 4-H. There wasn't many projects I didn't take. Some years I carried as many as nine projects at a time. I remember showing beef steers and hogs. I took sewing, numerous cooking projects, first aid, photography, refinishing furniture, demonstrations, Ohio birds and I did demonstrations. I also was a Jr. Leader, which required me to help during events at the fair. At least one of my projects each year went to the Ohio State Fair the following week. It was so much fun and the highlight of my summers.
What I don't remember is my brother and sister also had projects, probably as many as I did. I honestly don't know how my Mother was able to keep it all straight. We always made it on time to our events with just the right clean clothes! How on earth did she do that?
Oh my gosh, I'm forgetting.......... My three children were just as active, with as many projects as they could possibly do and demonstrations from cooking to grooming a horse. They showed hogs and sheep and steers. We even went so far as to take our big old motor home to the fair grounds to camp for the week! I remember running to the laundromat just to keep clean jeans for the kids to wear. How on earth did I do that? Oh yes, you might be thinking that my wonderful husband was there helping along the way. Not necessarily, he was an Ag. teacher for thirty six years and had his FFA boys involved in their own events and projects. My wonderful husband was there if we needed some extra help and he was always there when the kids showed, helping with moving the animals from place to place. Thank goodness the kids were dependable and responsible. They always seemed to be where they were suppose to be on time and without the help of a cell phone!
Yesterday I went to the Greene County fair. The entire family, Aunts, cousins and Grandparents, came to watch Cait show her hogs. She had a big smile on her face and her parents were very proudly watching too. That part of the county fair experience hasn't changed. The accomplishment of a project completed successfully, ribbons were Cait's reward. Having one pig penned for second place in her class was exciting. Our reward was watching Cait show her pigs, which she loved doing. For a moment I was able to block out the heat of the barn, the treeless landscape, the asphalt grounds and enjoy the wonderful smile of my children and grandkids at the county fair once again.