Area residents will have the chance to once again connect what was good from days gone by with what is good about today when the 141st-annual Jefferson County Fair opens Monday.
The rite of mid-August, which will run through next Sunday, will again bring friends and family together for a celebration of hard work and to recognize a job well done by everyone from farmers to students of agrarian sciences.
In this day of extreme specialization of everything in our daily lives, it's reassuring to know that the fair will offer something for just about everyone who visits Friendship Park in Smithfield.
There's the midway, of course, with its collection of rides and fair food. But the fair offers so much more. It's a chance for area residents to demonstrate their talents in baking, canning, sewing, knitting, animal breeding and showing. There will be competitions, from talent shows to cheerleading events.
If you enjoy watching a mud bog, tractor and truck pulls or an old-fashioned demolition derby, the fair has them. If you're just looking to sit back and relax by enjoying a pleasant late-summer evening listening to live music, the fair offers that.
If you enjoy the action at a livestock auction, or watching the annual parade, the fair will have you covered.
It truly is a chance to see the best our area has to offer, to enjoy the excitement shown by children who are enjoying a midway ride or to see the pride of area 4-H members as they show off their projects.
While a common complaint is that the world is changing too quickly in so many ways, the county fair remains a constant, a connection between 2012 and the 1870s.
That success is possible only through the efforts of the organizers and volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure the fair continues to grow.
We invite you to plan a trip to Smithfield this week and enjoy some old-fashioned fun at the Jefferson County Fair.