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Let's make next year's Fillmore County Fair even better


Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The Fillmore County Fair has now concluded for 2008. Though some may feel that there are many aspects to criticize, I think we should take a few moments to think about all the positives of our local county celebration.

Most agree the Fillmore County Fair centers around the Fillmore County 4-H program; the youth and families who are involved. All the 4-H judging competitions and events are family oriented, free, and open to the public. You can view at least nine different species and learn about them from the youth or the information supplied by the judge during the shows. There are also general exhibits on every subject imaginable.

Another positive of our Fillmore County Fair is the healthy family environment. Our law enforcement didn't have to deal with any violent incidents or crimes. This rural fair is where a 5-year-old child can be lost and the whole fairgrounds are looking for them. During the demolition derby they make the announcement and the child is found safe in the grandstand.

The cost of our county fair is also a positive - it is free. Parking is free if you choose to walk a block; otherwise it is only $2 per day or $7 for a 5-day pass (that's only $1.40 per day.)

Although the county fair didn't offer a carnival this year, there were four different inflatable's each day. They were safe with no moveable parts to fall off and they were not under surveillance for possible hazards. They were also operated by clean-cut staff.

There were other free aspects of the fair with two open-class livestock shows and the Preston Historical Society's display in the "old" one-room school house. The fair also offered free evening shows in the big tent with at least one being sponsored by local businesses.

So how can we help to make the fair even better? We can volunteer to help. If you are a business, consider sponsoring a show or event. If you are an organization, help plan an activity for fairgoers. If you are a community in Fillmore County, adopt a day at the fair. If you are an individual, volunteer to help with some of the many tasks that need completing to hold a successful five-day fair, or consider serving on the Fair Board as one of the directors. There are three directors from each of the five commissioner districts.

Next year is the 150th Fillmore County Fair. Let's help make it an even better county fair!

Sheila Craig lives in Preston.

Time to take a break from the political reality show

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Now that the presidential primary contests have ended, enthusiasm for the real Presidential race seems to have dissipated. At least it has for me.

Initially, both Democratic and Republicans primary races were filled with a special drama tha ..... 
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FairTax Bill offers positive change

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Upon telling folks about the FairTax bill, they frequently say, "It'll never happen." This has been the common reaction to every big idea ever proposed in the history of man. If the FairTax plan is such a great idea, if it is much needed, then why w ..... 
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Let them eat cake

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In the late 50's when I went on leave from an active duty post in Virginia I brought home a young man who had never been more than about 50 miles inside tidewater on the east coast He was born, I think, in Massachusetts and grew up in New York State ..... 
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Strawberry Fields Forever

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The classes of 1968 will be meeting for 40 year reunions this summer. It would be a good time to be a caterer or a DJ with a great collection of classic rock, because there were a lot of us and we still eat and dance. We may well be seeing football ..... 
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Blame is not the solution to the oil problem

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It is human nature to assign blame when confronted with painful realities. That is the case with four dollar per gallon gasoline. President Bush blamed environmentalists and, of course, the Democrats. In a transparent pander to the oil companies he ..... 
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Gifts that really give

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Look around your house. Is yours, like mine, full of things you really don't need, or never use? How many of these things were gifts - gifts of love, perhaps - but things you could get rid of and not miss? It is high time that I weeded out. How abou ..... 
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Americans want things to be different

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
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The Presidential contest has begun. Not that there are "official" candidates, but we all know who they will be. Yet undecided of course, are both the Democratic and Republican nominees for Vice-President. Even though Election Day is months away, I s ..... 
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Shop 'til it feels better

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Archeologists and anthropologists have unearthed ancient civilizations and been able to determine the core values of their cultures from the stones and rubble left behind.  The Egyptians built pyramids and monuments to bury their kings and prin ..... 
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