Express fair coverage is a team effort

Express Editorial

     Just because the “Five Best Days of Summer” in Jones County have come to an end doesn’t mean our work here at the Express covering the Great Jones County Fair is over. Stay tuned next week for our special fair souvenir issue!

     Our coverage inside this week’s Express and next is due to the top-notch team we have here, all pulling their weight last week: Pete Temple, Kim Brooks, Hannah Gray, Olivia Goodyear and Sadie Stolte. With so many 4-H and FFA livestock shows overlapping each day, we can’t be in multiple places at once. That’s where a team of players comes in to make sure everything gets covered.

     It all started on Monday with the Open Horse Show. Then on Tuesday with the Dog Show, 2018 GJCF Queen and Princess coronation, and the motocross. Wednesday, which is technically the first official day of the GJCF, was the Express’ third day on the grounds. Our team took in the Sheep and Goat Shows, Kiddie Dairy Show, Bucket/Bottle Calf Show, Dairy Show, Rabbit Show and tractor pull. Thursday we had the Swine Show, Cat Show, and Other Animal Show. While we made room in our afternoon for harness racing, sadly the weather on Thursday did not cooperate, and the long-time GJCF event did not take place, third year in a row for the cancellation. On Friday: Beef Show, Poultry Show, and 4-H volleyball tournament. Saturday: Poultry Show, stock car races, Prime Steer Show, 4-H Chore Challenge, and Kiddie Beef Show. Sunday, the fifth and final day of the GJCF: Horse Show, demo derby, Open Swine Show, BBQ Contest, and Mutton Bustin’.

     While that is our “regular schedule” during fair week, we were able to throw in two photo opportunities for the State Fair F.A.S.T. exhibit qualifiers, interviews with both Marissa Recker (Fair Queen) and Jessi Welter (Fair Princess), and interviews with both Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Ag Mike Naig.

     Yes, while the Prime Steer Show was taking place, Renolds and Naig were on the fairgrounds for a roundtable discussion on agriculture-related hot topics. Reynolds walked the grounds before heading to her next agenda item and Naig took in the bulk of the Prime Steer Show. Naig’s wife and two young sons also made the trip to the GJCF for the day.

     Our complete coverage of the GJCF is not possible without the amazing 4-H and FFA youth who seem to excel in everything they do. The parents and grandparents are also great resources of information as we make our way through every livestock show, seeking the kids’ feed dealers and more information. Lastly, and certainly not least, are the hundreds of 4-H/Extension, FFA, and fair employees and volunteers. They make our job of covering the fair so much easier. These experts direct us in the right direction, answer many of our questions, and pass on needed information all fair-week long.

     So look for our annual GJCF souvenir issue on Aug. 1, filled with all of the livestock and F.A.S.T. champions and reserve champions, as well as the open show exhibitors. It’s a team project that recognizes the hard work and dedication of the youth of Jones County. (K.N.B.)



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