On the Farm

Home from Fair

There’s been a bit of a lull here on the blog due to the county fair, but now I’m back and almost rested.

Fair is a four day event that sometimes feels like months then ends with me wondering how the time went by so quickly. It’s at fair that I catch up with old friends, watch my kids achieve the rewards of their hard work, and remember the best days of my own growing up years.

I did something different this year. I judged the marketing contest. Junior 4H members came to me over the course of four hours and attempted to sway me with their sales pitches. What an honor it was for me. Somewhere between fifteen and twenty kids came through with animals like a bald guinea pigs and a llama. Some were nervous and some were seasoned professionals, but each of the kids had clearly worked hard to bring a solid project to the fair. I loved every presentation.

My kids did well with their steers, bring home blue ribbons. The cattle were sold at the auction Saturday night. While we’ll miss the crazy critters, it won’t be long before the new calves move onto the farm.


So, we’re home. Cookies have been baked for the auction buyers. Thank you notes have been written. Most of the laundry has been washed, but the house is still needing a good cleaning. And another county fair is closed. Time to start the preparations for next year.



I can’t help wondering what I’ll do when my youngest daughter graduates from 4H.


We even saw Benny the Beaver!

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Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of six books, including More Than We Remember, What Happens Next, and the Christy Award-winning The Way It Should Be. She is the mother of six children and is passionate about helping others find hope after trauma.


  • Gramma

    Think you’ll always be involved helping the next group of kids. You’ve been well toutored by a special Grandpa and Grandma and for of your own kids. Those skills can become encouragement to each group of 4H’ers for many years. Have fun listening/watching as they try to convince you how special their sometimes uncontrollable animal is to them.

  • Linda

    I’m so glad I got to catch up with you and spend some chat time at fair. When Emma is done, you will think of something to do to keep involved somehow. I did!

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