My "Deep Thoughts" From The Marion Fair!

posted by Paul James - 

I want to take a few minutes and thank everyone who participated in the Marion County Fair. It was a great week for me, our stations and lots of families, too. As I said on FB Saturday, remember to thank the parents, volunteers, business and anyone who celebrates the hard work of these kids. Countless hours of work and family time goes into making this fair happen. These kids are learning and growing every step of the way. Sometimes we only see certain aspects of a county fair, but I urge you to see the other aspects. The things I love seeing is family working together to teach kids the value of hard work. Many fairs, like Marion's, ends with the reward for the hard work with the livestock sale. These kids are rewarded with scholarship money from businesses and individuals. Thank you to anyone who supports it and these kids. Here's a link to my PHOTO GALLERY from the sale.

In taking pics for the station, I saw one aspect of the fairs I have never witnessed up close, the work of the auctioneers. I've covered livestock auctions before, but never from the front row. Let me tell you, these guys volunteer their time for hours on end with one goal, "To Get The Most They Can For These Kids!"

Boy, do they. They work with businesses they met well before the sale began, they had bidders on the phone, they engaged friends in the audience they spotted and they got the record bids. Thank you to the Higgins Team., Fogle Team, Wigton Team, John Buck and others who put on a show and got the sale! 

I love seeing the 4-H and FFA advisers working with the kids and teaching them the way of agriculture. They also teach wood working, cooking, gardening, sports, mechanics and so much more. Thank you for your work!

If you'd like to see all my pics from the fair, just click this link to several PHOTO GALLERIES I created this week.

Thanks again and we'll see you at the Crawford County Fair next week.

Paul James

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