I've lived here for almost 30 years, but this was my first time at the fair (although I have attended other events held in the same location). For me, it was a bit of a blast from the past, a little country in the big city. While I never lived in the country myself, I grew up in small rural communities where many of the kids arrived from farms by school bus. My grandparents had a small farm where my dad grew up, and where they grew grain and sugar beets, and kept cows, pigs and chickens, and many of my other relatives lived on farms as well.
Walking around the barns and watching some of the 4-H dairy competitions brought back a whole lot of memories -- of running through the back pasture with my cousins; stepping over (and sometimes into) cow patties; collecting eggs in the henhouse with my cousin (and sometimes dropping one on my shoe); watching my grandmother milk the cows, and then following my grandfather into the little shed where he would put the fresh milk through the separating machine.
I wouldn't say I know a LOT about agriculture -- but I probably know more than most people who live in this city do. I'm willing to bet that most of the schoolkids thronging the fair this afternoon had never seen a real live cow before (much less made the connection to the milk & hamburger on their dinner tables).
What's been your experience with farms and farm animals?
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|Holsteins, as far as the eye can see. ;) |