County fair season draws to a close

This afternoon/evening is your last chance to catch one of our Conservation Station trailers at a county fair in 2012.  The big Conservation Station is making its first visit to the Kossuth Co. Fair in Algona, while the Lil’ CS is making a return trip to the Bremer Co. Fair in Waverly.

With most of Iowa’s county fairs happening over the course of the same 3-4 weeks each summer, we put a LOT of miles on the trailers visiting all corners of the state!   After the two county fair visits today, our Conservation Station fleet will have visited 25 different county fairs in 2012, providing lessons on watersheds, land management practices, and water/soil quality for all ages.

Each county fair is unique!  We get to experience a real cross section of the state of Iowa.  Ask any of our staff or students and they’ll surely have a story or two to share about the different fairs they’ve been to and the people they’ve met and visited with.

The fair brings something for everyone…

The 4-H and FFA exhibits are a central part of our county fairs.  ILF intern Brett McArtor got to see his sister win Grand Champion Market Goat at the Washington Co. Fair.

While we expect to see a nice selection of cows, pigs, sheep, and goats, we occasionally see more exotic breeds.  I met (and held) a running duck for the first time at the Mills Co. Fair.  At the Franklin Co. Fair, the Conservation Station was set up next to a tiger show!

Each fair has its own grandstand shows– almost every fair has the traditional tractor pull or demolition derby.  Some fairs branch out to include a lawn tractor pull or combine demo derby.  There have been a number of big name concerts – the Conservation Station has been at fairs the same day as performances by Jake Owen and the Oak Ridge Boys.

We’ve had a great summer traveling to fairs across the state, helping to promote the conservation message to young and old alike.

Next stop:  Iowa State Fair!  Stay tuned – more details to follow next week.

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