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'Fair Withdrawal?'

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dianna Knox
* 4-H'rs, others not ready for fair to end

Clay County 4-H Council Vice President Dianna Knox feels the same every year toward the end of July.

The Jackson Township Farm Hands 4-H Leader calls it "Fair Withdrawal."

The butterflies start fluttering around in the pit of the stomach in anticipation of the fair every year. But for some, those same butterflies crash hard in the stomach when things start to dwindle at the end of the week.

"You start to feel that it's coming to a close," Knox said. "But the Sunday after the (Demolition) Derby is over, and you come back to the fairgrounds and it's completely empty, that's when it hits you."

Sometimes, tears are shed.

There's another year to wait until activities start again and the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds come alive.

For practically an entire year, 4-H'rs, leaders, extension coordinators, parents, and the animals themselves, prepare for the upcoming 4-H Fair.

Just like Knox, after the fair is over, there's that empty feeling within the stomachs of many of them.

Kade Chastain, 14, said, "It's about the only thing I have going on." [Order this photo]
Listed are descriptions from a handful of Clay County 4-H'rs regarding how they feel when the fair is over.

Sarah Stallcop, 15, said, "You get to spend a lot of quality friend time." [Order this photo]
Mariah Sweet, 13, said, "It's pretty much my life. It gets real sad." [Order this photo]
Kurtis Broyles, 19, said, "You're not here everyday with your friends." [Order this photo]

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