Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FFA at the fair

10/11/2013

At a recent meeting, the Franklin County Fair Board voted to bar FFA members from showing at their annual Franklin County Fair. I currently have two grandchildren this affects, and as the years go by, will have more affected by this ruling.  

My most pressing question is: Why would they do this?

At a recent meeting, the Franklin County Fair Board voted to bar FFA members from showing at their annual Franklin County Fair. I currently have two grandchildren this affects, and as the years go by, will have more affected by this ruling.  

My most pressing question is: Why would they do this?

For the 2013 fair, two West Franklin FFA members showed livestock. In my granddaughter’s case, she has the potential to bring 18 of her immediate family to the fairgrounds and to Ottawa. This past year, I spent money at Walmart, Orscheln’s, Poncho’s, Sirloin Stockade and Wendy’s, in addition to what was spent at the fairgrounds. Although not all of these stores are locally owned, they do employ local people.

Agriculture has always faced a tough future. And now is no exception. Instead of discouraging young people who are interested in this vital industry (vital to our national security), we should be doing everything we can to encourage farming activities.

We understand (although, as of now, we have not been formally told) the problem is those in West Franklin FFA can also be in 4-H in Osage County. They could have two market animals to sell through the livestock auction. This is true. But, does everyone understand that means they have two animals to buy, two animals to purchase feed and vet supplies for, two animals to break, and two animals to get ready for the fair? Anyone who would take their summer time to work on this endeavor is not doing it for the potential money. In most instances, they barely break even. They are doing it because they have a love of the industry they are involved in. Let’s do everything we can to encourage that type of activity.

I respectfully urge each of you to contact a Franklin County Fair Board member and ask that they reconsider their recent decision.

— Idonna Corwine,

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