Jefferson County Fair a chance to enjoy life

A good, old-fashioned piece of Americana will be renewed for the 148th time this week at Friendship Park in Smithfield.

It’s the Jefferson County Fair, and it continues to serve as a way of connecting what was good from days gone by with what’s good about today.

It’s reassuring to know that in this day of extreme specialization in which we willingly provide minute-by-minute play-by-play of our lives to anyone who chooses to watch or listen, the fair still offers something for just about everyone.

For example, there are animals of all sorts, from the smallest hamsters to the largest dairy cattle. There’s even a rooster crowing contest.

You’ll also find the best that local gardeners have to offer, the top offerings from the county’s bakers and be able to watch cheerleaders from area schools compete for bragging rights.

If you like motorized events, there will be a tractor pull, a mud bog, a pedal tractor race, a race for battery-operated kids’ cars, a car show a moto cross event and, of course, the demolition derby.

If you just want to unwind, you can stroll the midway and enjoy fair food or maybe an amusement ride.

You can also see the pride in the faces of the youngsters as they receive 4-H awards for the animals they have raised or the projects they have completed. There’s also the excitement that goes with the annual livestock sale, which this year will offer a chance to remember the contributions of Gary Cain, the longtime auctioneer who died on Feb. 4.

Despite all of the many changes our world has gone through since the late 1800s, the county fair still offers a chance to relax, spend some time with family and friends and enjoy the best of what our area has to offer. It serves as a fun way to bridge city life with rural life.

The event would not be possible without a strong board that works all year to ensure that the fair remains a first-class event, and we offer our thanks to each of them.

Opening ceremonies are set to begin at 5 p.m. Monday, with the fair running through next Sunday. We hope you’ll make it a point to attend.