The 'Five Questions' with the Eastern Michigan Fair Manager published in the July 23 edition was disappointing. Not one thing mentioned of the ones that make a county fair and that's the 4-H kids and leaders.
They buy their entries with their own money, spend many hours training and grooming, feed them and stay with their livestock until the end of fair. They have rules to follow and have to abide by them or they could be rejected in showing their entries, etc.
I'd been in 4-H for many years in my youth and 4-H was and still is the draw at fair time. Friends, parents, grandparents go to watch their boy or girl and look to see what color ribbon they get for their projects on display. What a joy, and it means a lot to the kids.
Fair board, give them a break. 4-H kids should get free admission. This year they moved the campers way back in a field that's really dark. The fair is their highlight of the summer. If there's no 4-H there wouldn't be a county fair.
Editor's note: The 'Five Questions' interview centered around the day-in-and-day-out requirements and challenges of managing a fairgrounds and preparing for the Eastern Michigan Fair. Specific questions were asked about attendance, entertainment, improvements in the grounds, number of employees and winding down.