Late summer is one of my favorite times of the year because it’s when we get to celebrate the accomplishments of our local farmers and the agricultural community at our county fairs. The counties in West Central Ohio will each be holding their county fairs over the coming weeks, and I’m looking forward to attending them all, as each fair offers unique and exciting attractions.
During the months of July and August, we recognize the achievements of the agricultural community through the county fairs by putting Ohio’s farmers in the spotlight. Agriculture is a vital part of Ohio’s economy, and west central Ohio makes up a huge portion of our state’s agricultural industry. Farmers not only provide us with the food we put on our tables, but also help power Ohio’s economy.
County fairs are a way for us to celebrate the young people who will become the next generation of farmers. The students who compete in the various contests at each county fair are not only working to earn a blue ribbon—they’re learning valuable skills that will help them in life and in their future careers. I couldn’t be more proud of these young people and the remarkable things they accomplish. Each year, I’m more impressed than the last.
Finally, the county fairs are a time for us to come together as a community. Every year as I travel to the county fairgrounds, I always feel thankful that I represent such an incredible district in Ohio, filled with wonderful people and families. Our communities, with all their history and traditions, are what make Ohio great. The county fairs are a way for us to celebrate that greatness. So be sure to come out to your local county fair this year—I know I’ll be there.
Rep. Buchy may be reached by calling (614) 466-6344, e-mailing District77@ohr.state.oh.us, or writing to State Representative Jim Buchy, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.