Rewind to this summer, I am sure many of you reading this participated at your county or state fair in some way. You can remember the smell of cotton candy and kids showing off their projects.

I was able to do a couple of different things at some county fairs and visit the Iowa State Fair! Iowa has a county fair in September, as well, the Clay County Fair. It is known to be “The World’s Greatest County Fair”.

Fairs are one of my favorite attractions. There is always so much to see and do. Fairs are also focused on agriculture and specifically youth in agriculture, which is icing on the cake for me.

At the a couple of county fairs, NEW Cooperative, where I did my summer internship handed out water bottles to fair attendees and families exhibiting livestock. This was a way for NEW Cooperative to express community appreciation. We also handed out hand fans because fairs are usually the hottest weeks of summer!

I also exhibited three prospect calves at the Calhoun County Fair. These calves were raised by my brother and were born in early March. I showed two steers and one heifer. My brother wanted to “advertise” the calves, hoping to sell them to some younger 4-H’ers to show next summer as market calves. He recently sold a couple of his calves to 4-H’ers so we are both excited to see how they do next summer.

I enjoy visiting the state fair, it is something that I haven’t missed since I was probably 10 years old. I always have to take a trip down memory lane and check out the Governor’s Charity Steer Show exhibit. Other favorites of mine are the Case IH booth, the butter cow and a hot beef sundae. I can’t ever leave the fair without a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade, either!

By the end of my day, I am ready to put my feet up from all of the walking!

Kayla Degner was born and raised in rural Lytton, IA on a diversified grain and livestock family farm. She graduated from Rockwell City-Lytton in May 2012 and currently attends Iowa State University studying Agricultural Communications. Her past involved many agriculture venues. Kayla has a strong interest in advocating to the youth involved in agriculture.

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Kayla is shown here with the Queen Lillie Anderson and one of her calves.

Kayla and her friend Kilah Hemesath at the Iowa State Fair!