Madyson Stricker, South Whitley, was one of the winners in the CountryMark/Indiana Prairie Farmer 2015 Youth essay contest.
Essays were reviewed by a panel of three judges. We presented two of the essays Wednesday. The fourth of the top four winners will appear tomorrow. Appearance is in random order. Pick the one you like and see if you agree with the judges. Look for the order of placing in the July issue coming soon.
Years of memories
On a sweltering hot day in July, a group of friends gather in the gazebo at the Whitley County Fairgrounds. They eat cupcakes and cookies, and, of course, sing Happy Birthday. This happens every year – it just happens to be my birthday. Maybe the fairgrounds isn't the best place to celebrate your sixteenth birthday, especially when there are hundreds of strangers wandering around you. I wouldn't give it up for anything, though – this 4-H fair has become my home in the last eight years.
I'll admit that there are early mornings and late nights, and plenty of work to go around. But in the end it's all worth it. My animals aren't just animals; I bond with them throughout the year and they become more like friends. 4-H teaches you the importance of responsibility in a fun way- you get to hang out with tons of friends, even if you only see them once a year at the fair, and you make money selling your animals afterwards.
The fair is that one week out of the entire year that everyone looks forward to. Whether it's hanging out at your friend's showbox or the one ice cream flavor that you can only get at this concession stand or even the nightly events on the track, there's always something to look forward to.
So come see for yourself. Join the masses walking through the barns or watching a show, or try signing up for a project or two. If you get stuck there will always be someone there to help you. And if you want to know more, just ask us- I can almost guarantee that any kid you ask would love to brag about their project. Who knows- maybe you can even join in on the party (this) year!
Hayhurst writes from Terre Haute
Editor's note: If you want to join Madyson, the Whitley County fair is July 17-23 in Columbia City
More youth essays:
Joining the team – Jordan Linville, Knightstown
Meaning of the 4-H pledge - Hellen Kyler, Larwill
Years of memories – Madyson Stricker, South Whitley
Encourage a friend – Alexandria Baker, Martinsville