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Summer Happenings

This summer has been a whirlwind with baling hay, managing pastures and getting various projects done before fall. It's hard to believe that it's already the last week in July, and I imagine August will fly by just as fast. Keeping with the theme of a busy summer, I spent this past weekend doing a lot of fun, exciting things.

One activity I participated in this weekend was helping to run the South Dakota Beef Ambassador Contest, where we named the state winner who will promote the beef industry for a year and advance to the national competition this October. Following the contest, we unloaded the calves and showed at the 2010 South Dakota Summer Spotlight. Immediately following the conclusion of the show, I headed to Minnesota to attended not one, but two, weddings on Saturday night.

In agriculture, it seems we focus so much on the hard work we must accomplish each day in order to maintain our farms and ranches. Because summer means longer days, this means working late into the evening, too. In our spare time, we are reading agriculture publications in order to improve our operations. It's a 24/7 job that's hard to put aside to have a little fun.

Today, I want to hear about what you do for fun outside of farming and ranching. Do you have bonfires? Do you grill out with friends? Do you head to the lake for skiing and tubing? Do you camp? Do you consider cattle shows your family vacation? What have you been up to this summer? What makes the hard work worthwhile?

Just for fun, have you sent in your entry for the Kids and Cattle Photo Contest? The deadline is this Wednesday. Send in your best photos for your chance to win fun prizes!