They disturbed those in The Times' office as well.
Take for example a recent online poll asking readers if they planned on attending the 2008 Clay County 4-H Fair.
Was the intent to degrade the event by placing a poll on the website asking if readers were going to attend the weeklong event? No.
Should The Times' staff have added another answer to the poll? Yes. It should be noted that not only parents with children involved in 4-H will attend the fair.
Simply put, the poll question was ill timed and the chosen headline for the story was inappropriate.
The Times' editorial staff enjoys spending the week at the fairgrounds, taking pictures of youngsters, etc. It's a fun time for all. We hope for record crowds. We hope to take tons of pictures of children proudly displaying their work.
The Clay County Fair is, after all, for children. It's about their accomplishments as they show off the hard work they've put into project after project.
The 4-H Fair is about all the hard work being put in by all the people working at the Clay County Extension Office, sacrificing days of sleep in order to make sure everything flows smoothly.
The 4-H Fair is about community and the smiles on parents' faces when their child wins that ribbon and the satisfaction the child earns from all their hard work.
A fair brings communities together.
That's what makes a fair worth covering. Seeing a community come together for a week of pure enjoyment.