Success Breeds Success for South Dakota Teen

Hard work, the desire to learn and a family with roots in the livestock industry have helped Chesney Effling become successful both in and out of the show ring. She’s led numerous champions to the winner’s circle at shows across the United States and represented her FFA chapter and South Dakota in national competitions for both livestock […]

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California County Fair Offers Unique History and Opportunities

Summer is winding down, and school is kicking off, so here’s a pop quiz to get you to get back into classroom mode. What event lasts nearly 30 days every year and ends on July 4? Which county fair drew more than 1.5 million visitors this summer, making it the largest county fair in the […]

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Volunteer Gives Time and Talents to Make Fair a Better Experience

“To make the best better.” “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” These two mottos represent the 4-H and FFA youth organizations. For some, these are just words, but for the boys and girls who participate in the programs wholeheartedly, these words are engrained into their daily actions, and become […]

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The Importance of County Fairs

By: Shelia Grobosky Some of the best days of my youth were spent at the Dawes County Fair in Western Nebraska. Four days each August, the culmination of weeks spent rinsing heifers, walking lambs and taking endless photographs to mount on poster board, would finally come, as we took these projects and others to Chadron. […]

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State Fair Memories Shared Across Generations

What do you get when you mix a hard-working family with passion for the livestock industry with ten days each year of family, friends and fun and combine two generations of memories all taking place in one place? It’s the Schafer family sharing their Illinois State Fair experiences! Aaron and Sue Schafer, along with their […]

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Junior Nationals are More than a Show

Summer is quickly approaching, and for many livestock families that week dubbed “the most wonderful time of year,” otherwise known as Junior Nationals, will soon be here. Yes, many breed-and species-specific week-long events might have started as a place for youth across the country to showcase their animals over the course of several days. But […]

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