10 People You Should Definitely Not Be At The County Fair

10 People You Should Definitely NOT Be At The County Fair

Please save the Daisy Dukes for another time.

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With just weeks left until my favorite time of year, the Fairfield County Fair, I started to get excited thinking about all the people I love seeing their every year. And, I thought about those people I don't love to see. There are definitely people you don't want to be when you're at the county fair. Make sure you aren't one of them.

1. The person in the flip flops who complains about the manure

County fairs are home to livestock shows, and believe it or not, animals poop. Crazy, right? Still wanna wear flip flops? Go for it- just watch your step, and if you end up regretting it, don't say I didn't warn you.

2. Easily confused with the person annoyed because the livestock barns "smell so bad"

Refer back to first point if your so confused about the scent. If still an issue, avoid livestock barns all together.

3. The mom who has a melt down when she can't easily maneuver her double wide stroller through the hog barn on show day

I totally understand wanting to take your kids to see the animals at the fair. And most exhibitors will gladly answer your kid's questions as long as they have time. But show day is a different story, especially in the swine barn where the animals aren't on halters. Still want to stop in that day? That's fine, just be courteous of the chaos, or your 20lb toddler might get knocked over by a 200lb pig.

4. The people who can't read the complicated "don't touch" signs

I promise, no one's trying to ruin your fun, they're just trying to keep you safe. Believe it or not, even the cutest animals can bite. If an exhibitor has a note on their stall saying "Please do not pet." it's probably because they know their animal is nippy. Take it from experience, you really don't want to see what a horses bite feels like.

5. The person who tries to feed the animals 

You have my word, none of these animals are starving. And if there's no feed out for them? They probably already ate it and will be more than fine until their owner feeds them again in a few hours. Besides, I can just about guarantee whatever you're eating isn't what they're used to eating, and the last thing anyone wants is a sick animal during fair week.

6. The family who doesn't know how to win or lose

Livestock families, this one's for you. Nobody likes a sore loser or a show off. Everyone wants to be Grand Champion, and it stinks when you don't do as well as you hoped, but the fair isn't the place to make a scene because you disagree with the judge. On the flip side, if you do get that Champion slap, shake hands, say thank you, and celebrate away from the barn.

7. The wash rack hog

And I'm not talking about the one that makes the bacon. I get that you want your animals looking best for the show and sale, but you aren't the only person trying to use the wash racks. This isn't like back home- you don't have all day, so wash em and move on.

8. The one who can't be found when their pens need cleaned

This is one of my biggest pet peeves. Not only is it unfair to your animals, but it makes the livestock industry as a whole look bad. If you have time to show, you have time to clean your pens.

9. The teenage PDA couple 

For whatever reason, these teenagers cannot seem to keep their tongues in their own mouths. With Mom and Dad letting them loose from their sights, some of these teens try to be discrete and duck behind barns or into empty stalls. (Super awkward to walk in on for all involved.) Others don't even bother. Normally accompanied by hands in places no one wants to see them in either.

10. The one wearing the barely there shorts

Our fair is in October and we still get this, so I feel bad for my summer fair friends. I promise, no one wants to see your cheeks popping out of your barely-there Daisy Dukes as you strut down the Midway. (But bonus points if you wear them paired with cowboy boots only worn for this occasion exactly, it makes for the best people watching conversations).

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Saying Goodbye To Freshman Year

"High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster."
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“High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster”, we’ve all heard it and probably all ignored it as well. I mean time is time. It moves at the same pace no matter what you’re doing right?

Nope.

High School is over, I’m now a freshman in college and it’s April. I’m sitting here in my dorm looking at all my clothes, and bins thinking, how in the hell will this all fit in my car again? It is crazy, I need to be thinking about all of this now because there is one month of my freshman year left, just one.

All I can keep thinking is how? Wasn’t it just last week that I moved into my cozy room at the end of the hall, or just yesterday that I ran home to two hundred beautiful new sisters? As much as it seems like yesterday, it wasn’t.

It was almost eight months ago that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman, now it is my last four weeks and they are jam-packed. From formal to finals I am in the home stretch of my first year of college. I just registered for my classes next semester, and can’t get it through my head that I will soon be a sophomore.

While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

Yes, I still have three amazing years of college ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what those years have in store in for me. But, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I won’t be a freshman anymore. I won’t be the youngest in my sorority family, I won’t be coming back to a dorm every night.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am stoked to live in an apartment next year with my absolute best friends. And you definitely could have heard me saying “I am so over this whole dorm thing” once or twice this semester, but now I can’t help but see all the things I’ll miss.

Freshman year is just unique. You get this giant clean slate, a fresh start. And it is just waiting to see what you’ll do with it. It truly is a year of firsts. My first failure, the first time being on my own, my first time not knowing anyone in my classes. Yes, that can all be a lot to take on, I was terrified at the start of the school year. But before I knew it, I had a routine, I had friends, I had a life here.

And this life surpassed all my expectations. I have a home away from home. I have friends that I know will be my bridesmaids some day. I have experiences that I’ll never forget.

Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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The 7 Best Pieces Of Advice I Have Been Given About Life

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There isn't a central theme among these pieces of advice or sayings. They are all just random things I have been told over the course of my life–especially in the last week. I find these 7 to be particularly helpful in various situations, and try to keep them in mind when I am in over my head.

1. "Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than you."

You are the #1 person who can help your own case. No one knows you as you do, therefore no one will be able to help you more than you can help yourself. A lot of things are mental, so once you can convince yourself that you deserve something (whatever it may be) you can convince anyone. Another saying goes along with this, on the flip side: "No one can diminish you but yourself." You are in control of your own self-perception, and you are very much capable of being your own worst enemy.

2. "Stand behind your reputation because you can never get it back."

My mom sent this to me the other day. Be who you are, and do it proudly. Especially with meeting people for the first time, you can never have a second chance at a first impression. That being said, if people view you in a bad light, figure out why that is and fix it. You may not be able to change someones initial thoughts of you, but you can change the way they view you after that.

3. "The best things in life happen unexpectedly."

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans," also goes along with this. Trying to plan out every little detail of your life is only going to lead to disappointment. Sometimes you find the best things/what you're looking for when you're not actually looking. Just go through the motions and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

4. "Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small."

It's important to celebrate the little things. Did you go to class today? Good for you. Did you decide to drink water instead of a soda? That's awesome. How are you going to work up to doing bigger and better things if you don't have anywhere to start?

5. "Whatever you're stressing about now probably won't matter in five years."

As someone who is often eaten away by their own worry and anxiety, this is a mantra that I try to constantly remind myself. While it may seem like a big deal now, you need to keep in mind the bigger picture. Will it matter in 5 hours? 5 days? 5 months? And so on. If the answer is no to ANY of these questions, it's probably not worth beating yourself up over.

6. "Stop being the 'go to' person for someone you can't go to."

Someone tweeted that their pastor said this to them and the tweet went viral. A friend of mine sent it to me, and it really made me think. Something I have struggled with over the years is making excuses for people who don't show up for me when I am constantly there for them. This is a helpful reminder that if they aren't contributing to you and your life, you shouldn't have to bend over backward to help them out and be in their lives.

7. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

While this is often a saying that parents use on their young children, it is applicable to pretty much any stage of life. My parents, especially my dad, have constantly said this, whether it was in reference to fighting with my siblings or dealing with people at school. Even as a 20-year-old, I find myself saying this when I hear about arguments and problems people are having. Everyone wants to get even, to best those who hurt them. While it's important to stick up for yourself, it is also important to be the bigger person and not stoop to their level (and whatever else your parents told you in these situations).

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