Hollywood has the Emmys and MTV Awards, we have the Carcass Contest Awards! Yesterday marked the last of the award season for FFA and 4H with the Carcass Evaluation Awards. This is my favorite because it truly reflects the commercial aspect of raising livestock. It doesn't matter if someone is popular or not, it doesn't matter how clean and groomed the animal is. What matters is how much and what kind of meat you get off the animal. Veronica Tilton does an excellent job at explaining how the evaluation and grading is done, and it's not a simple process. Meanwhile, all the participants and their families do an excellent job at bringing a potluck! That is a simple process; they bring the food and I eat too much of it! Thanks to everyone for their hard work, now it's time to get ready for next year.
It has been a hectic several weeks. The Fair? A success. Attendance was down a little, not a big surprise considering the state of our economy. I'm totally baffled as to our grandstand shows. The message was consistant from dozens, if not hundreds of people... get a national country music act, get a full blown rodeo, bring back the logging show. The prices were well below industry standards, we just didn't fill up the stands. That didn't mean those weren't terrific shows. It was a great rodeo and Trailer Choir is amazing. These people will go to the top.
Anyway, it's back to the drawing board and we want you to know, we have not lost our enthusiasm for putting on the best show we can. Wait until you see what we have planned for next year!
John is the CEO of the Plumas Sierra County Fair. He lives in Portola and has been coming to the Fair in Quincy since he was a young boy. Chipper has allowed his name to be used in the title of this blog, but the viewpoints are all John's.