July 8, 2024

Coffee and Conversations with Victoria Hansen

I was recently asked what the first thing I thought about was when someone mentioned the fair…my answer was quick: “the food”.  I am a sucker for corn dogs, porkchop sandwiches and funnel cakes or strawberry shortcakes. Fair food tastes extra good, not only because it is often prepared by local associations/businesses, but because of the memories that go with it. During my childhood, one of my favorite activities was walking through the livestock barns. I did not grow up on a farm, so I did not have any cows, pigs or sheep to show, but that did not mean I was not involved in the fair. I was a member of our local 4-H club, the same one my mother and aunt had been a part of years before. My fair projects were not always the most traditional and included dogs, childcare and development and even a little baking depending on the year. But that is the beauty of the fair and of 4-H, there is something for everyone. You do not have to live on a farm or be involved in agriculture to enjoy the fair, although it is a great opportunity to learn about agriculture and community. The volunteers and staff of county fairs put countless hours into making each year better than the last. Be sure to visit the Stephenson County Fair July 23 through July 27 and the Carroll County Fair August 6 through August 10th.

Young Leaders Offer Alumni Ag Olympics: For the first time in fair history the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Young Leaders are hosting an Alumni Ag Olympics. This event will take place July 25 after the Youth Ag Olympics. Participants must be 18 years or older. There is a limit of four (4) teams consisting of 4 individuals. The cost per team is $25 which will be donated to a Stephenson County food pantry, determined by the winning team. To register you can find the form at www.stephensoncfb.org or in the Stephenson County Fair Guide. Registrations are due to the Stephenson County Farm Bureau no later than 4:30p.m. on Friday, July 12. Questions can be sent to [email protected] or by calling 815-232-3186.

Stephenson County Ag Olympic Registrations due Friday, July 12: A crowd favorite: Youth Ag Olympics will be back at the Stephenson County Fair on Thursday, July 25th. A maximum of 10 teams will be accepted. The top team will receive $150, second place will receive $125 and the third place will receive $100. All other participating teams will receive coupons to the hog house and beef corral. Additional details can be found at www.stephensoncfb.org or in the Stephenson County Fair guide. Call 815-232-3186 or email [email protected] with questions.

Stephenson County Volunteers Needed: The Stephenson County Farm Bureau is looking for Farm Bureau members to help at the Farm Fun Zone during the Stephenson County fair. Volunteers are needed Tuesday, July 23 through Saturday, July 27. Volunteer times are daily in three shifts: noon-3:00p.m., 3:00p.m.-6:00p.m. and 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Volunteers will be provided with admission to the Stephenson County Fair and coupons for the Beef Corral and Hog House.  If you’d like to volunteer, please call our office at 815-232-3186 or email [email protected].

Carroll County Farm Bureau to host Youth Activities at the Carroll County Fair:

Interested in getting your kids involved with our Carroll County Fair events? This year we have two options for you, and both events are FREE! On August 10th, individuals may compete in our Ninja Farmer event starting at 11am in front of the Grandstand. Check-in begins at 10:30am. If you would like to partake in this event, dress for a mess as the games may be messy and/or wet. The event is timed, and prizes will be awarded in each age division, determined by the lowest overall completion time.  Age brackets are as follows: ages 7-8 (Division 1), ages 9-10 (Division 2), ages 11-12 (Division 3), and ages 13-14 (Division 4). Didn’t win? Don’t fret! Every participant in Ninja Farmer will get free ice cream. Pre-registration is encouraged for Ninja Farmer and can be completed through the Carroll County Farm Bureau Office by Thursday, August 8th.

If Ninja Farmer doesn’t sound like a good fit, check out our Kiddie Tractor Pull! This event is also on August 10th at the Hospitality Tent. Registration begins at 12:30 pm, and the pull will follow at 1:00 pm. This event is open to all boys and girls weighing from 10 to 80 pounds, and participants will be divided into three weight classes once all entries have been received. Trophies are awarded to the top three Pedal Pull participants who pull the longest distance in each of the categories.

If you have questions about either of these events please contact Victoria Hansen, Manager at the Carroll County Farm Bureau, 815-244-3001 or by email at [email protected].

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