The first weekend of September is set aside to honor the American worker with a federal holiday. Enjoy the final summer blowout but use common sense and designate a sober driver. Law enforcement agencies are adding extra patrols determined to save lives by locking up impaired drivers. (Copy editor’s note: The Madera Police also have a sobriety checkpoint planned for this weekend.)
Take heed. If you drink, don’t drive. And don’t get into a car with someone who has been drinking. Who cares if you think you can hold your liquor; a blood alcohol level of .08 is just a couple of drinks. Everybody knows someone who has been busted for driving under the influence. Let them serve as your cautionary tale!
This is also the last weekend before the Madera District Fair. All over the county white shirts and pants are being bleached and ironed along with cloverleaf green neckerchiefs. Blue corduroy jackets and ties are being brushed up as young 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America members are readying their project animals for the annual livestock auction.
Youth ag projects teach responsibility, compassion, organizational skills, economics and practical math. Many of Madera’s biggest ranchers started their careers in 4-H and FFA. Madera South High School has one of the most extensive schools of agriculture in the state. Madera kids with their budding agricultural careers build all year toward the fair. Grab your checkbooks and come support our sons and daughters at the auction...