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“Our State Fair is a great state fair. Don’t miss it, don’t even be late. It’s dollars to doughnuts at our state fair. It’s the best state fain in the state.” State Fair Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Fair time is upon us in Nebraska. The first county fair started July 3, rotating from country to county and will continue into September. This all concludes with the Nebraska State Fair, which goes from Aug. 24 to Sept. 3. The Platte County Fair started this week.

People all over the state attend the county fairs for many different reasons. Some go for the rides. Others go for the fair food. Mmmmm funnel cakes and all the other deep fried things. Blocked arteries is always something to look forward too. If food and rides are not your thing then maybe you go for the crafts or musical acts. Nevertheless, the main reason for the start of fairs was for agriculture and with that comes animals that many people show each year.

As a child, I remember attending the county fair in Wayne ever year. Although I was there mainly for the rides and playing with friends, I still checked out all the exhibits. I loved looking at all the animals and there were a lot of them. Being a city boy, I was not use to seeing cows, horses, goats, pigs, chickens, and sheep on the daily so this was an adventure to me. Still to this day, I love to look at the animals.

The owners of these animals take great pride in showing them at the fair. If they are lucky enough to get a high ribbon they get to show it at the State Fair. Three groups normally show animals. The first two are the 4H and FFA, which you have to be a member. The third group is the open class that anyone can enter.

Many of the people that show these animals are kids. They tend to spend the whole week at the fair caring for your animals. The State of Nebraska has a bunch of rules and regulations pertaining to animals in the fair. I will not go into them but these kids need to know them to show the animal and Officials check on them often. Each animal has his or her own rules and regulations also. Some of these kids show multiple animals.

Besides livestock, people also show pets. This is not only dogs and cats but also rabbits and exotics. I know in the past my cousin in law won for showing her Chinchilla. Other people have shown turtles, ducks and geese.

Another group of animals that people can see at the Platte County fair, at least, is from the Horn T Zoo out of Monroe. They will have a few different animals that people can see.

So go have fun at a fair this summer. Enjoy all the things that you can do and see. Pet some animals that you do not get to on a daily basis. In addition, be kind to the animals, yours and theirs.

Shawn Flowers writes articles regarding animal care and well-being.

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