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Letter to the editor

By Staff | Aug 11, 2009

To the EDN:

I’ve been so busy admiring my granddaughter’s picture on the front page of the 8/1/09 edition of the Daily News that I had not drilled deeper into that issue. I did want to make one clarification to Roy Gage’s Letter to the Editor. I was a no-show for the start of the tractor pull because I was watching my son show his 4-H lambs which is a bit different than the “date with some sheep” explanation that Roy penned!

Surprisingly, the second half of Roy’s letter is accurate and appropriate. The tractor pull is a great event and adds to the draw of the fair. My dad and sister are always there to the bitter end. I would also like to commend our local fair board for the improvements and quality of the grounds. We get to some other fairs in the area that have really let their facilities deteriorate. I’m glad our board takes pride in what they do and has a long-term vision.

Just a couple of other things. I am always overwhelmed by the giving spirit of our local Friends of 4-H in the donations that are made to our youth and our fair. It is easy to single out the area business community that so generously supports the livestock auction but it goes so much further than that. The time and effort by a whole bunch of folks, collectively make the Emmet County Fair a masterpiece of good wholesome fun and competition. I especially would like to recognize the volunteers who give up at least a couple of days during fair week to judge exhibits, help with judging, organize the livestock shows, serve watermelon, pick up trash, man the food stand, wash show clothes at midnight and even the dudes like Roy that spice up an event or two with their own creativity. Thanks to all.

Lastly, again a big THANK YOU to the Emmet County Extension Staff for all your efforts throughout the year, but especially during fair week.

Layne C. Anderson

Estherville