A tip of the hat is due to Madera District Fair general manager Scott Sample and his excellent crew for putting on another terrific exhibition. Particularly good was the great weather they ordered for the occasion. It was delivered on time and under budget.
The fairgrounds were in beautiful condition, and stayed that way — clean and as comfortable as could be for fairgoers and workers alike.
The new coolers in Hatfield Hall are a great addition. In the good old days, fairgoers and exhibitors alike in that venerable building often lost weight from all the perspiring they did. This time, though, life there was good.
The carnival, which has been improving over the years, was the best I’ve seen it be. Although it’s been years since I climbed on any of those rides, you could tell that those who did get on them were having great fun.
The 4-H and Future Farmers of America kids did a good job, too. The animals they exhibited showed a lot of care, and they brought good prices this year at the sale, thanks to the generosity of businesses, service clubs, grandparents and parents. This gives the kids experience with raising livestock under expert supervision and seeing money come from the effort. A lot of youngsters grow from those efforts to become farmers.
Other exceptional local exhibits included the arts, gardening, needlework, quilting, cookery and various competitive exhibits.
We also took time to see the other Scotty — the one not quite so famous hereabouts as Scotty Sample. That Scotty, the singer Scotty McCreery, proved to be pretty good, a generous and energetic musician, but not as good as one might have expected him to be — given his walk with fame before, during and after the American Idol show of a couple of years ago.
The girls loved him, and so did Mrs. Doud (who was a girl the last time I looked), but he still isn’t quite sure who he is supposed to be yet. Let’s hope these workouts on the fair circuit will give him the experience he needs to be one of the next great country singers.