The demolition derby was a popular event at the fair this year and received quite a bit of coverage by our local newspaper. I am sure it was a crowd-pleaser, as well, and I understand it may have made some money for our town. I am glad for that.
But, I believe that the heart and soul of the fair was under the tents at the event center, and was largely overlooked by our newspaper.
The dozens of children who spent months nurturing their animals received a mere paragraph of mention in our newspaper.
Those who witnessed the animal competition and auction saw the traditions of rural life and the wonderful kindness of our town displayed. We saw a trembling young boy hold his beloved turkey close in the auction ring, and a stranger buy that turkey for hundreds of dollars and give it back to him. We cried with him.
We saw a young lady whose mother is battling breast cancer auction her steer to pay for her education as a medical assistant. Last year, the same young lady donated her proceeds to breast cancer.
We saw so many children overcome with sadness, knowing their animals would go to slaughter, and we shared the pride they felt when their efforts and sacrifice were rewarded.
The antics of the pigs in the ring had us all laughing one minute, while the kids smiling through their tears as they showed their animals broke our hearts.
So, by all means, let’s have another demolition derby next year, but don’t forget the heart and soul of the fair under those tents.