September 21, 2017
The Payette County Fair came and went like a flash during the second week of August, as people from all over the county came to enjoy the different kinds of activities that were held at the grounds; from animal shows to the infamous Payette County Rodeo, and the delicious food to the different and aimless booths positioned all over the small street in the middle of the fair grounds.
Without the many spectators and visitors who come, the exhibitors, and of course the parents, the fair would seem so empty. Kids from all corners of Payette county, from 4H and FFA, meticulously bath, groom, and fit their animals for show and sale night. These kids have been busy working with their animals since last fall in order to get them ready for show. There are heifers and steers to halter break, lambs to sheer and finish, pigs to fatten, and rabbits to make show ready.. From the tiniest cloverbud, to the intermediate members of 4-H, to even the older and more professional looking members of the multiple FFA chapters, the Payette County Fair signifies the end of summer.
It is always a sad thing to sell the animal that you have raised, lose the animal to the butcher (or hope that the buyer will give it a nice green meadow to play in forever). However, when you had a successful year like Noah Vantress, grand sale goat, or Tyler Potter, grand sheep market, it makes all your efforts just a little more worth it.