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The Tri-County Fair


I grew up near a small town in Western Oklahoma, with a population of around 1200. It was one of the holdouts from the inevitable change taking over our nation’s agrarian past. Each and every shop and business depended wholly on the area farmers, either directly or indirectly supporting their livelihood. Naturally, many locally sponsored events would be concerned with agriculture. The Case Tractor & Implement dealer’s annual fish fry would equal any flower, watermelon, bluebonnet, or strawberry festival most small towns would put on today. The FFA sponsored the “mountain oyster” fry, and it was always was one of my personal favorites. My mouth waters, just remembering it. And if you aren’t aware what a “mountain oyster” is, bluntly put, it’s testicles from castrated livestock. Though I loved all of the events, none surpassed the Tri-County Fair. Each year, three adjacent counties joined forces in the center of my small home town. Kids, participating in FFA and 4-H from all three counties, brought their best calves, pigs, chickens, ducks, and geese to compete in the livestock show for prizes and recognition. I still remember the barns housing rows of animals. I fondly recall the sounds of oinks, bleats, the crowing of roosters, the feel of treading on straw in the aisles, and the fragrant odor of manure. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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