Lessons Learned At The County Fair

Lessons Learned At The County Fair

Because it'll always be much more than blue ribbons and fried food.
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How to win graciously and live humbly.

You win some, you lose some, it's how you act when you do that shows your character. Whether you showed livestock or took still projects you learned how to do both.

Always have extra clothes.

You can keep them in your car, the camper or the show box, just make sure you have them. I promise, you'll need them eventually.

How to fair walk.

You know that quick and determined way you strut around the grounds before a show or the sale? That's the fair walk and normal bystanders just don't do it. They mosey along slowly and without purpose, which will drive you crazy.

You can sleep anywhere if you just believe.

On a hay bale, in a lawn chair, on top of the cooler outside of the barn or camper, if you fit, you can sleep.

Your parents actually might know a thing or two.

Remember all those times Dad told you to always make sure to keep a curry comb in your pocket on show day? Yeah, you'll only forget it once before you realize he was right.

How to market yourself and make connections.

Last names mean a lot at the county fair and in the world of livestock auctions. Make the right connections for yourself and you may find yourself in 10th place selling for nearly as high as the top three.

Procrastination is bad but manageable.

Raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by your project books the night before they're due. It's a pain in the butt, but we still procrastinate every year even though we say we won't. But it is pretty cool when you take first or second after a long cram session.

How to play at least two different card games.

It's a universal thing. When fair comes around, you play cards. Euchre, rummy or ERS, you play cards. In the barn, in the camper or on the community picnic table, you play cards.

Responsibility.

As a livestock exhibitor your animal was yours to feed, water, groom and keep taken well care of. This doesn't stop just because it's fair time. While there may have been things that seemed more fun to do your animals always came first.

PJ pants and boots are always in style.

Especially before the suns even shone and you're mucking stalls or feeding show stock.

It's the absolute best time of year.

It's busy, it's stressful and it always go by way too fast. There's no time of year better than that of the county fair.

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14 Signs You Go To A Small School No One Has Ever Heard Of

"Your class size is what?!?"

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When most people are in high school, they look at all of the big schools that are known around the country. Schools like Rutgers, Ohio State, UCLA, University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University are often at the top of peoples' lists. Believe it or not, some people don't want to attend a huge college. If you're like me, you like having small class sizes where your professors get to know you and you always see someone you know when you're walking on campus.

Once you decide where you're going and become a student there, you constantly hear the same comments from people, whether they be good or bad- but you wouldn't want it any other way. Here are signs that you go to a small school that no one has ever heard of:

1. People always mess up your mascot

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"Broncs? Like the Denver Broncos?"

"No. Just the Broncs."

2. "Oh I've never heard of that. Where is it?"

3. "Wouldn't you rather go to *insert huge state school here*?"

The answer is always the same — nope.

4. You find people all the time who know or is related to someone who went to your school

"Oh, my cousin's friend went there!"

5. "Your class size is what?!?"

6. You've never had class in a lecture hall

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Or class with more than 50 students.

7. When people come to visit, they can't believe how small your campus is compared to theirs

Well, at least we can get up 10 minutes before class starts instead of an hour to catch a bus.

8. Dining options are limited

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But you joke around and make the most of it, secretly hoping your campus will open a Panera or Chipotle like every other school.

9. People are amazed that you actually get to know your professors and the people in your classes, and that they get to know you

Not to mention that professors are a great reference for getting a job after graduation.

10. If you went to a big high school, your college isn't much bigger

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There are about 1,000 students per class, so only around 300-400 more students than you graduated high school with.

11. Your school doesn't have all of the big sports, like football

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But hey, at least we're still undefeated!

12. When you get into your major classes, you always have the same people in them

13. You can't find anything with your school's logo on it, so constantly buy more apparel from the bookstore

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You walk out of there $100 poorer with a new sweatshirt, mug, and sweatpants that you didn't need.

14. You get really excited when someone has actually heard of your school

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I Don’t Want To Admit It, But Math IS Important

Liberal Arts majors, this one is for you.

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I hate math with a passion. But I think it's necessary.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about confusing trigonometry or calculus. I'm talking about basic algebra, geometry, and other everyday math functions.

I was never an A+ math student. My dad used to be a high school math teacher, so luckily for me, if I was struggling in my math classes, I would just come home and ask Dad to "tutor" me or prep me for my tests. I feel bad for anyone who had/has a hard time with math and doesn't have such a resourceful person in their life, because I don't think I would've passed my classes without him.

Now, I haven't taken a math class in at least three or four years, but I know that being out in the workforce requires at least basic math skills. How come they teach us how to divide square roots and not applicable things like how to calculate a good tip (shameless plug - always tip your waiters at least 20%) or discounts?

There are so many necessary skills you'll use for your entire life that are not taught in schools.

Long ago when I was in 3rd grade, one of my teachers read us a book called "A Day Without Math." The book basically went through a school day where there was no math. People couldn't see what speed their car was going, cash registers didn't work, clocks were nonexistent...basically, the entire world shut down. Whenever I was frustrated and angry about my math class or a certain problem, I tried to remember that book. As much as I despised going to a math class only to leave in frustration, I knew it was for my own good.

Because when you think about it, our world really wouldn't function without math!

I wish math classes would've focused on the usefulness and practicality of their teachings instead of what was written in the textbook. Having a dad who worked in the school system, I understood that the teachers had to follow a certain curriculum, so in a way, their hands were tied. But then the issue simply gets passed higher and higher up until you reach the people creating the textbooks and curriculum school systems buy and use.

Maybe there's something we can do, whether it's petitioning for more teaching kids more usable math skills or continuously asking your teachers why you're learning what you're learning. Advocate for yourself and for future generations to learn the skills necessary to survive in our modern world, but at the same time remember that the problem doesn't necessarily stem from teachers but the curriculum being decided at levels far above their pay grade.

Moral of the story - even though I know a good majority of us (especially us liberal arts majors) are not fans of mathematics, let's work on learning and remembering the basics so our world can keep on turning.

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