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County Fair 2018

August 30, 2018

I haven’t heard much officially about this year’s Sanpete County Fair, which just finished up last Saturday night. Unofficially, I declare it a success!

I certainly didn’t attend all of the many events, but among other things I was in attendance for the rodeo, the demolition derby, a pickle eating contest, a root beer guzzling contest, the “Mammoth Parade,” strolls through the animal barns, a wander through the exhibition building, the car show, an observation of the carnival, and I don’t remember what all else right now.

I just wasn’t able to do everything I would have liked to do. It would have been fun to watch the mud volleyball competitions – from a distance. The Cowboy Poetry night would have been fun too.

The horse-pulling event is interesting to me, but I missed it this year. And I’m kind of sad that I didn’t see the shooting from horseback competition. I don’t remember that being done here before and would have been entertaining to see.

This is another symptom of the bad case of FOMO that I suffer from. FOMO, if you don’t already know, is a slang acronym that is pretty common with some of the younger people. It stands for “Fear Of Missing Out.”

My mother-in-law had FOMO. It was most evident when the family would get together and some of us would stay up late at night visiting. She would always say something like this with a bit of a wail in her voice, “I really need to get to bed, but I’m afraid I’m going to miss something!”

I have to realize that I can’t do everything at the fair. I’m going to miss out on a lot and I have to learn to be okay with that.

The point I’d like to make is that we have a terrific county fair. I believe the residents of Sanpete value it. There are plenty of places that just don’t attempt to maintain what we have with our strong tradition of an old fashioned county fair.

Over the years, I’ve learned a few things at our county fair. Here are a few of them.

Did you know that a pig’s tail can indicate what’s going on emotionally with the pig? A few years ago a 4-H boy, who had pigs at the fair, explained this to me.

According to him, if a pig is happy and excited, the tail stands out and is curly. The tail can wiggle as well. But if the pig is depressed and not feeling in a good mood, the tail is straighter and has no “pizazz.” Maybe some pigs have self-esteem problems. I don’t know.

Here another thing. Oxen are steers regardless of whatever breed of cattle they belong to. Some people aren’t clear as to what makes a steer a steer. If any reader here is wondering, a steer is a castrated bull. If any reader is wondering about any words in the preceding sentence, go to the dictionary.

I have noticed at the fair that people are friendly when they’re around animals. There’s something about animals that brings out sociability in people. Everybody in the animal barn at the fair seems to be willing to chat and share opinions as we all stand around looking at cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits, pigeons, etc. If you want to have conversation with people, stand by an animal.

It’s surprising that some people have never seen farm animals up close before. Years ago, my son had a friend down from Riverton for a visit to the fair. After visiting the animal barn, she announced that this was the first time she could remember of ever seeing a live pig and a live chicken – at least up close.

(I guess as opposed to seeing a chicken sandwich with bacon) Who’d have thunk it? — a nineteen-year-old girl from the Salt Lake Valley getting some farm animal education at the Sanpete County Fair.

Hats off to the members of the Fair Board and all those who helped make the fair a success. Thank you! It was fun, as well as being educational.

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