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July 11, 2014

[friday]: Fair thee well

If you haven’t been out to the Cass County 4-H Fair yet, you’re missing out.

I’m not saying that only because I was a nine-year 4-H member myself. I’m not even saying it because 4-H launched my journalism career. And I don’t say it just because there were fireworks Monday night.

Although the fireworks might make me a little bit biased.

My Little Friend, her sister and I went together to visit the county fair on Monday, scouting through the Community Center to see whether My Little Friend’s poster had gotten any awards. (A blue ribbon! Hooray!) I told them they could check out some of the other projects for a spell while I perused the photography mattes.

Not five minutes later, My Little Friend came running up to me. “There’s an Olaf cake!” she said.

Olaf is only the funniest animated sidekick to grace cinema screens since Twitchy in the movie “Hoodwinked.” The snowman in “Frozen” who sang about loving summer and sunshine and all things … well, not so friendly to snow, he’s probably enjoying his stay at the county fair hugely. Even if he is made of frosting, he got a blue ribbon and a championship placement.

I can’t say that I’d like to be put on display for people to gawk at, let alone be decked with ribbons. But then again, I’m not a snowman. Or a cake.

If I had to be a county fair project, I’d like to be a horse. I coaxed My Little Friend and her sister to ask to pet one of the horses, a full-grown beauty named Fancy with a hide the color of mahogany.

Horses get plenty of appreciation from simple fairgoers like me — almost as much as alpacas and pygmy goats — and they get decorated stalls. At the Cass County 4-H Fair, they get a little more privacy, too. I think I would like hiding out like they do at the north end of the fairgrounds.

And who doesn’t want a name like “Snickers” or “Dixie”? Beats Olaf, anyway!

– Sarah Einselen

Friday columnist / If wishes were horses...

sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com

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