A few of my favorite things

Because I commented about our local 4H poultry show I thought it appropriate that I should tell you a bit more of this year’s fair delights. Although ours is an especially small county fair it does have amusements and to ride them was a very special treat for our kids when they were young. The rides cater to the smallest of attendees. Other than the Ferris Wheel, which makes an annual appearance, the assortment of rides varies from year-to-year and may include Tea Cups, a very small Roller Coaster, a Fun House, and perhaps a Boat coaster. The highlight of the week for 4Hers completing livestock projects is the auction which is held on Saturday evening. The final product of each and every project is sold to the public at open auction. Buyers may elect to bring their purchase home (for the freezer) or sell it back to the fair at market value. You may be interested to know that animals sell significantly above market at this very special auction (proceeds contribute to the college funds of many 4Hers). If a buyer should choose to return an animal to the fair the only expense he or she incurs is the difference between the winning bid and the market, the fair then sells the animal to a packer at market value and all parties are squared. In either case the 4Her brings home the bid price. The very particular highlight of my week at the fair is a once-a-year-Hewlett’s-hot-sausage. I really do look forward to this ritual – so delicious. Sausages are offered for sale every day of fair week but I am careful to indulge only on the last night – my middle-aged gastrointestinal tract dictates that this is so. The roll sausages are cooked on an open grill alongside onions and green and red pepper. Once ordered, a portion of sausage is cut from the roll. This, along with the onions and peppers, is deposited into a hotdog roll and that’s it – pure peptic nirvana.

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