From Ron Dunphy
With great fanfare another Union County Fair is in the record books. Competitions of all sorts involving animals or handiwork were held and the outcome much to the liking of all county residents or beyond, grandparents from where?
As a grandparent, I could not help notice and appreciate the involvement of parents in the projects. Yes, I did also notice the good number of folks who could and did help though the 4-Hers might not be family related.
To conclude the fair was the auction. A staple allowing for local business and local family to offer financial reward for all of the good, project long efforts. This should be a time for hardworking youth to learn the lesson that effort earns recognition.
I would note here that the announcement of Polly Sweeps last pie for sale brought a certain wetness to my eyes. Polly’s wild gooseberry pies have long brought large donations to the 4-H program, actually any berry contained in one of her pies was a special treat. Thank you SO much Polly (and Dennis).
The “educator” in me wishes this great effort by children and parents continues when school doors open. There is so much more to be learned and earned!