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Be sure to attend the Webster County Fair

This event is a highlight of summer

Times change. Even so there are a few constants in life. One is the pleasure provided by the county fairs that continue to be a highlight of summer in the Hawkeye State.

For as far back as anyone who now lives in this part of Iowa can remember, these summer festivals have been much-anticipated and much-enjoyed features of summertime.

The fairs, of course, have changed over the decades. One central theme, however, remains much the same — a celebration of farm life and the assorted positive educational and personal-growth pursuits that are treasured features of life in rural and small-town Iowa.

The Webster County Fair begins today and continues through Sunday on the fairgrounds at 22770 Old Highway 169, south of Fort Dodge.

It is more than just 4-H and FFA events, but the central focus of much that transpires at them is a celebration of the hard work 4-H’ers and FFA members have put forth on a wide array of projects during the last year. The fair affords 4-H’ers and FFA members well-deserved opportunities to showcase their endeavors. For some, it is the culmination of the year’s efforts. For others, it is one stop on the way to the Iowa State Fair.

Anyone who has taken a careful look at contemporary 4-H can’t help but be impressed by the breadth of the projects 21st-century 4-H promotes. Some would be familiar to fairgoers of the past. The assorted agricultural and handicraft projects, though reflecting much new knowledge and science, certainly have roots in fairs of yesteryear. Other projects, exhibits and events illustrate the needs and interests of young people in this rapidly changing world and are far removed from yesterday’s pursuits. FFA, similarly, has a distinctly 21st-century focus.

For county fairs to remain a vibrant part of contemporary life, they must change to reflect society. And they have.

That means there is a lot more at the fair besides the 4-H and FFA projects.

Other highlights of this year’s fair include an alligator show, a circus, an outdoor movie, the Barnyard Olympics and a scavenger hunt. There will be a mom calling contest on Thursday Fireworks will cap off the day on Friday.And fair-goers should bring their appetities on Saturday because there will be both a watermelon feed and a sweet corn feed that day.

Plan to join your neighbors at the fair. You’ll be glad you did.

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