Beef Magazine is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Ag Olympics At The County Fair

Ag Olympics At The County Fair

This week is our county fair, and my younger sisters are busy baking cookies, making crafts, clipping calves and preparing for the annual event. Meanwhile, my family is in charge of organizing an “Ag Olympics,” which will be this year’s entertainment at the 4-H barbecue.

Inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games currently going on in London, we’re coming up with a wide assortment of competitions for the kids. And, while the kids have fun playing games for the crowd, community members are going to gain a new appreciation for the 4-H youth.

Just like Olympic athletes, 4-H kids make a daily commitment to their sport. Instead of hopping in the pool like U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps or practicing on the beams like U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas, youth in agriculture are out in the barn, washing and brushing their calves in preparation for show day.

And, it’s more than just fluffing up the hair on show day; getting a show steer ready for competition is a commitment. At the end of the summer, the steer is harvested, and the quarters of beef typically are sold to friends, family and neighbors.

These young people have Olympian hearts -- working daily to care for their animals and raising beef to feed the community. As community members come to watch the fun Ag Olympics event at the county fair barbecue, I also hope they gain a better appreciation for the young people in agriculture -- our future food producers.

Check out our State Fair Memories Photo Gallery here.

TAGS: Agenda
Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.