Fresh from the show ring to the barn with his animal that is half his body weight, his prized ribbon in his back pocket, a young 4-H competitor makes his way to his pen. I watch in amazement as he tries to control his animal as he frees one hand to reach for the gate to open his pen. He struggled for a minute until I could get to him and offer to open the gate to his pen.
As an adult with two free hands, some might think that is a simple task. However, after I fight with a gate myself for what seemed like an eternity, a young man in the barn comes over to use pure brute force to finally get the gate open and the animal successfully back safely in his pen.
This is a scene that had been often repeated at the fair.
But, not this year!
This year, the 4-H competitors were blessed to have brand new pens for their goats and sheep — nice looking and easy to maneuver pens for even the youngest competitor.
I, along with a host of parents and competitors would like to thank “Anonymous” for making our lives during the fair a little easier.
“Anonymous” was the one person who saw the need and took it upon themselves to fill it.
Thank you for supporting our Preble County Fair and our 4-H competitors!