The true meaning of the annual fair
In just a few days, Tonganoxie again will have the pleasure of hosting the Leavenworth County Fair. This, the 74th anniversary of the fair, will be an opportunity for our community to put its best face forward.
Certainly, we should be proud that, during the 12 months since the last fair, our downtown has developed a completely new look. We've worked to clean up junk cars littering our yards. And we illustrated our community spirit as we battled back from the May 11 tornado.
Folks who haven't seen us for awhile will be impressed.
We should be proud.
We also should be proud that we have an opportunity to observe the hard work and dedication of our county's 4-H members. These young people have worked since we saw them last year on projects ranging from sheep to rabbits and preserves to archery. They also have honed their communication skills, presenting talks during monthly 4-H club meetings.
Certainly, the Leavenworth County Fair, which runs Tuesday through Saturday, offers many attractions: a carnival, a rodeo, a benefit bull-riding event and entertainment. These all are important to the success of the fair.
But the work of our county's 4-H members is the core of the fair. Their work is the heart and soul of this annual event. This is their chance to shine.