MODESTO — What is the Stanislaus County Fair? It is a gathering of our community to celebrate one common cause — local agriculture and all it provides.
What started out as a summer weekend promoting and marketing melon farming in the early 1900s has turned into a 10-day celebration of all our county has to offer.
Why do people go to the fair? What draws them into the hundred-degree heat? Is it the games? Rides? Food? Entertainment? Or seeing the future of food products?
Some people attend the fair to play games and enjoy the rides. The games and rides are by far one of the most thrilling parts of the fair. The games challenge your inner competition, and the rides can provide a fun way to be thrilled as they spin you around and upside-down in the sky!
Fair food can be tantalizing and lip-smacking. With more than 30 concession stands selling food, even the pickiest eater should be able to find something to enjoy.
Entertainment at the fair is seemingly never-ending. Ten top performers dazzle on the big stage, close to 50 entertainers keep us captivated on the side stages, and motorsports and the rodeo always are sure to interest any fairgoer.
Members of FFA and 4-H spend hours before the fair taking care of their animals, designing and preparing landscape and floral designs, working on small engines, baking pies, cakes and cookies, creating art pieces, taking pictures and sewing items for all of us to appreciate and admire.
The goal for these young adults is to work hard and produce products of which they can be proud. Ultimately, members of FFA and 4-H connect with ideas, discover their strengths and share their interests with all who attend the fair.
There are a few days left of the Stanislaus County Fair. If you haven't already been, now is the time to go.
Shelby Sutter is a junior at Enochs High School and a member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom program.