It's fair time around Newton and McDonald counties. As most of you know, the Newton County Fair began on Wednesday and will conclude on Saturday at the Newton County Fairgrounds. Then McDonald County Fair will be held from July 20-22 at the McDonald County Fairgrounds in Anderson.

It's fair time around Newton and McDonald counties. As most of you know, the Newton County Fair began on Wednesday and will conclude on Saturday at the Newton County Fairgrounds. Then McDonald County Fair will be held from July 20-22 at the McDonald County Fairgrounds in Anderson.
I enjoy going to the fair – either covering the fair for the newspaper or just going as a spectator.
Seeing youth showing off their livestock, indoor exhibits and having smiles on their faces as they talk to people walking around. These youth put a lot of time and effort, money to go to the fair.
Growing up in Newtonia, we didn’t raise any livestock, but Greg and I did have pet rabbits for a little bit. We also had some calves for just a couple of months. The only other livestock was my when Nanny and Pop Garner had hogs and chickens that we named and would be able to feed them when we visited their home.
I remember the first time that I went to the fair. It was with Greg, and we went with one of his friends he played baseball with. His friend was showing animals at the annual event.
I remember that there was a lot of livestock ranging from chickens to pigs to cows and goats. To my knowledge, there was not a lot of show barns back then, my has the fair grown.
We stayed all day walking around and drinking lemonade and looking at the various animals. It was a fun event.
Both Newton and McDonald county fairs are not the only ones I have been to.
My parents took the family up to Sedalia, Mo., to the Missouri State Fair, when I was around 10 years old.
While up there, we also had the opportunity to see some concerts such as Alabama, Oak Ridge Boys and Willie Nelson.
We also went on some of the carnival rides that were up there at the state fair.
I encourage you if you have the opportunity to go out to the local fairs and support the youth. They certainly have put their heart and souls into this. Plus, you can listen to live music, partake in some food, ride the carnival rides and even see some of the local businesses showing off their products.

Another event this Saturday is the 74th annual Carver Day, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond.
Carver Day is to commemorate the life of Carver and the establishment of the national monument in his honor.
Carver Day has a lot to offer for everyone. There is music, hands-on activities, food, take a nature walk and learn about the famous scientist from our backyard.
Growing up in Newtonia, my parents would always take us to the monument. Back then, there visitor center was smaller than what it is now, but I still remember walking through and seeing the various items and information about Carver. When the staff hosted Carver Day or other activities, my parents would pack a picnic lunch of fried chicken and the sides and take us to the monument, where we could learn about Carver.
I have said this before, every time I go to the monument, I learn something new about Carver.
So if you have the chance, head out to the fairs and also attend the Carver Day event. It will be fun for the entire family.







    




Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.