With "Metal Mania Demolition Derby" Saturday, the 2009 Clay County 4-H Fair officially came to an end.
And it's too bad.
Each year, the staff at The Times takes extra preparation to ready for fair week.
It's a week of its own and sometimes, can be difficult to deal with. This particular week is often tackled head-on with no sleep in mind.
In fact, we probably should have just set up a tent outside by the barns.
But, for the most part, it's a lot of fun.
It's a great experience to meet with area 4-H'rs who have worked so hard to earn ribbons or trophies.
They deserve it if they did win it.
Heading out to the fairgrounds to get pictures of 4-H'rs who have received Grand or Reserve Grand Champion awards is very exciting.
It's a wonderful experience to see the grins those children are sporting when they line up to have their pictures taken.
The smile is, more than like, ear-to-ear. And that alone, makes every trip out to the fairgrounds worth it.
The fair is, after all, for the children.
They are the ones who put together the projects. It's no wonder that after receiving any kind of ribbon, there is a feeling of individual satisfaction. And it's because they earned it.
Kudos to all the children who participated this year and good luck next year.
And to the 10-year members who are "retiring," good luck with your future.
You've had a great run in 4-H.
See you all next year.