State Fairs – A Family Affair

21 Aug

IMG_0332 editedI literally grew up at the Missouri State Fair. I was just a little one when I first attended the fair with my dad and I haven’t missed a year since. My dad worked for the Missouri FFA and ran the FFA Building during the two-week event. I remember hanging out with the State FFA Officers while running through displays of corn and soybean seeds, flowers of all shapes and sizes and thinking all the ag mechanics projects were my own personal playground.

The Missouri State Fair brings back so many great memories for me. We ate meals in the youth building, slept in the administration building and when my sister and I were lucky, we even got to ride some rides. But the best memories come from exhibiting Hereford cattle year after year. Whether we walked away with a blue ribbon or not, we did it as a family. I actually met my, now husband, at the fair. The 2014 Missouri State Fair marked our 10 year anniversary of dating. How many of you can say you met the love of your life at the fair?

IMG_0346 edited Now we stay in a camper and eat our meals around a grill with our friends and family, but we still show cattle at the fair. However, my family has grown. This past year we had the privilege of welcoming a new member to our family. Miss Harper James Johansen attended her first state fair this year. When we pushed her stroller up and down the aisles of the barn or carried her as we tailed one to the ring, I have never seen my husband so excited and proud.

State fairs across the country are a family affair. My daughter’s state fair moments have already begun, even though she won’t quite remember them herself. I look forward to watching her grow up exhibiting livestock, eating corn dogs and creating friendships that will last a lifetime. Thanks dad for instilling a love of fairs in me and all the hard work and good times that go along with them.

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3 Responses to “State Fairs – A Family Affair”

  1. Tammi Kale August 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM #

    This is how I feel about our local county fair – even though it’s county and not state, it’s huge.

  2. Marsha Russell August 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM #

    I did not grow up with fairs. In fact, the only two I ever went to were the Cooper county Fair and the Mo. State Fair. Since the big g-kid has started showing, I have been blest with meeting some really great folks. We are off to the Gillespie County Fair tomorrow, and then the Texas State Fair in September. I am really excited. I’ve never been to my own state fair!!!!

    • My Life in 'The Hills' August 22, 2014 at 7:53 AM #

      Good luck to the kids! Fairs of any shape or size are full of memories waiting to be made.

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