I love going to county fairs! I know that many people, myself included, go to the fairs for the food. Funnel cakes are among my favorites, as well as pork burgers. Every year I go to the Johnson County Fair and every year I take a sack with me to bring as many of the Johnson County Pork Producers’ Pork burgers back as I can! (This year I brought ten burgers home with me). Of course, there are other things to do and see at any county fair. You have all the livestock that the 4-H kids have spent months raising and grooming. There are crafts and photographs that I wish I could do and take. I have noticed that each fair is a little different. The Johnson County Fair is a 4-H and FFA fair so the exhibits and entries are all done by the kids. The Benton County Fair has a section for adults. I’ve submitted some cross-stitch a couple of different years and one of these days I may even get a few photos in.
Over the last few years, I have noticed these five-gallon buckets at the Johnson County Fair that are filled with plants.
Both students and Master Gardeners create these floral displays.
And the Johnson County Master Gardeners have a flower and vegetable garden on the fair grounds.
This year they have scarecrows!
Even if I don’t have time to see all of the livestock, I make it a point to get to the garden display before I have to leave.
I think this will be a great thing for the Benton county kids to do. I am going to bring this up to the Benton County Fair Board and see what they think. And if we can get the garden up and running at the fairgrounds, maybe we can have some fresh vegetables to hand out to the fair goers. They can have a fresh tomato with that funnel cake! Okay, maybe the pork burger or beef tenderloin sandwich would be better.