The 4-H building at the State Fair brings back memories - upstairs are the dormitories where we slept, that end is where our demonstrations ("how-to," not politics) were scheduled, here are the clothing and canning entries and entomology entries. I still remember the thrill of winning a trip to the State Fair, on the strength of my demonstration skills - I think the topic was "Making Dairy Delights."
When I was a kid, growing up on a farm near Litchfield, going to the State Fair was more a dream than an end-of-summer ritual. With ten kids in the family, money and time were both tight. Travel to "the Cities" was rare. The best route to the State Fair lay through winning a 4-H competition at the county fair level.MORE »