Editorial: Iowa festival-goers make up for lost time this year | Editorial
SIOUX CITY NEWSPAPER
Prediction: Final attendance numbers will increase this year at the Iowa State Fair and its county tributaries.
The reason? Residents didn’t have a chance to celebrate last year’s bounty. As summer draws to a close, it is virtually mandatory to recognize the industry that keeps us going.
This year we have to make up for lost time.
We’ve already enjoyed a number of county fairs in northeast Iowa and each has been a welcome break from a pandemic that stubbornly won’t go away.
If you’ve been there, you know how great it is to see 4-H participants come out of their comfort zones, farmers display their produce and businessmen display their wares.
Never been? So you missed out on the joys of eating a pork chop in a glove, riding the Tunnel of Love, or taking a selfie with an insanely large pumpkin.
At the fairs, visitors sampled just about any food you can put on a stick and dip in a deep fryer. They were turned all over the place on dozens of rides. And they got to see monster tractors, cars and trucks show off how powerful they can be.
During breeding competitions, they could see how well the teenagers took care of the cattle, sheep, chickens, rabbits, etc. And the care and attention they’ve shown aren’t rewarded with gold medals or sponsorship deals. They are honored with red, white and blue ribbons.