O’Brien County Fair keeps focus on families
PRIMGHAR – Acording to Dan Hunt, beef superintendent for the 2013 O’Brien County Fair for 40 years, the five-day event remains centered around families and children.
Although, there is no midway there are free games and exhibits for children.
In an attempt to keep that family atmosphere strong, the fair board charges no gate fee so families can come an go as they please and enjoy the youths’ hard work.
The fair itself is supported primarily y a $30,000 infusion from the O’Brien county supervisors.
There is also a $10,000 stipendfrom gambling tax revenue which supports the fair’s infrastructure.
Hunt, who lives in Granville, said that a dedicated group of sponsors assure that children who put in all the hard work involved in 4-H and FFA are rewarded with trophies and honors.
There are 10 4-H chapters that participate in the O’Brien County Fair, and although there are a slightly lower number of participants, they have more exhibits, and the fair itself has grown, Hunt said.
The beautifully maintained buildings are full of these youths’ examples of their hard work.
The fair board consists of 16 members, one from each township and then six at large members, plus the secretary.
Beginning with being a 4-H leader for his children Hunt said he now gets to watch and guide his grandchildren and their love of 4-H.
His co-workers said he is the most dedicated, hard-working person involved in the fair, starting in the early morning hours and going until the next morning.
Hunt shared that he would just like this fair to remain a “family fair” so that everyone could participate and enjoy it.
Hunt described his first year as beef superintendent as a “Trial by fire and a lot of on-the-job training.”
His passion shows through when speaking of the young people.
“It just takes someone to tell these kids they can do it,” Hunt said, “and then once they see their success they want more.
“Seeing their success and hard work makes all the hours of hard work worth it.”
The hours of raising and grooming livestock are most evident on the final day of the fair.
That is when the ribbon auction takes place selling cattle, calves, sheep, hogs and goats.
The beef Hunt said, has $35,000 in premiums beyond the base price of the animals.
He said he hopes to add dairy animals in the future.
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