Our family creates a lot of memories at county and state fairs. Read how we created memories this year at our county fair. At the end of the post I share how your family can win a set of four Minnesota State Fair tickets and 4 Midwest Dairy malt stand coupons. That way you can make your own fair memories.
This past week we participated in our local county fair, Dakota County Fair. If you know our address you will be correct to say “Wait! You don’t live in Dakota county!” And you would be right; we don’t. We live in Scott county. We live a stone’s throw away from the county line. Twenty years ago when Jon and Lisa first signed up Tim for 4H, they decided to sign him up in a Dakota County 4H club, because it was closer. The rest is history (and a good one).
The Dakota County fair has always been a place full of great memories for us. (I met Tim in the Poultry barn at the Dakota County fair fourteen years ago. Awe young love). We are excited that our children are also creating memories there as well.
This year both Erik and Jonnie worked with their fair calves all summer long. Showing calves (or any animal at the fair) isn’t all about winning. The learning starts several months before the fair. The kids learn how to choose a calf, work with it, care for it, and more. In pervious years, either Tim, Samantha, or I, have shown the calf with the boys. This year, I felt Erik was big enough to show a calf by himself. To show by themselves, I feel the child must not be frightened of the animal and know what to do when the animal is spooked. We chose a small spring calf for Erik (fully knowing that he would not place well in his class, but that wasn’t the point).
Erik took the challenge. He has been having a lot of attention and defiance issues lately, but no matter how bad his day was, as soon has he was working with his calf, he was confident and focused. He worked really, really hard.
On show day, Erik walked his calf into the ring with confidence and knew all the answers to the questions that the judge asked him.
Erik got 10th in his class, but that was enough to earn him a little bit of money ($5) to put towards that Lego set he has been eyeing. But it is more than winning, he was so proud of how well he did. Erik needs all the confidence boosters he can get right now. The whole day just put a smile on everyone’s faces.
Jonnie did well too, though he still had a helper in the ring. Since Jonnie decided to show a Brown Swiss (and we are the only family that brings Brown Swiss), he got a bigger ribbon.
The best part was after the show was all done, Jonnie decided that he wanted to walk his calf all by himself. So later that day, I walked Chase (the calf) over to the show ring and let Jonnie walk her.
As I am typing this and reflecting on the memories we created at the fair, I cannot help but smile. My kids are growing up so fast, but that is okay. They are living life fully.
This week, I am going to be reflecting on my county and state fair memories and also highlighting some of the great things you can participate in at the Minnesota State Fair. To celebrate, Midwest Dairy, is giving me a set of four Minnesota State Fair tickets and four Midwest Dairy malt stand coupons to give away to one of my lucky readers.
Here is how you can win:
- Post a comment here describing your favorite county or state fair memory. Or talk about a memory you would like to create.
- Post before 10pm CT Thursday, August 15.
- I use “And the Winner Is” Plugin on this website to randomly choose a winner. I will announce the winner on this page and our theZweber Farms Facebook page.
- The winner will be contacted by both myself and Midwest Dairy via email.