HOT BARN REPORT: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s county fair season!

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HOT BARN REPORT: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s county fair season!

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The Hot Barn Report is a fast paced and entertaining daily program covering the latest news and trends in the cattle industry, hosted by Monte James, a veteran rodeo announcer, radio host and industry expert! The Hot Barn Report features interviews with industry leaders, market analysts, producers and ranchers and features True Price Discovery from salebarns in Great Northern Beef Belt and across the nation.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s county fair season! What else could you have possibly thought I was talking about. If you have been listening to my daily radio program, Ranch Raised with Karina Jones, you know how full the county fair makes my heart. If not, you can catch it on the Your Ag Network App or website!

The funnel cakes, the carnival rides, the small-town fellowship, there are so many reasons to attend your local county fair. Personally, I am drawn to the 4-H and FFA exhibits. As I cruise the halls of the static exhibits, it is not ribbons that I see on display, it is skills. I see youth rekindling the dying skill of sewing and crafting beautiful quilts and garments. I look over the tables of baked goods and think, “wow, these kids are learning to read recipes, measure, and make something for their family.” I see art exhibits splashed with color and creativity. So many kids have spent their summer sweating it out in the barn exercising goats, cooling swine, and training cattle. They have scoured the internet looking for the best pie recipes. They have cultivated rows of garden green beans and potatoes hoping to have the prize-winning tubers. They have gone cross eyed focusing on that straight stitching line sitting at that sewing machine. They have painted flowers and taken pictures of dreamy sunsets.

Nothing satisfies my heart than seeing kids work with their hands and create something they are proud of.

When I walk through the livestock exhibits I know that for these kids, the county fair is their super bowl on dirt! No one just brings a 1400-pound steer to the fair. There are months of preparation packed into the work in the barn. There is adjusting feed, hauling buckets, halter breaking, washing, clipping, and all the things. I can feel the pride in the 4-H and FFA exhibitors that have worked so hard on their projects they are exhibiting. There is victory and there is defeat in that dirt arena. There are tears of joy and tears of disappointment. This is their sport. This is their Superbowl.

I look all around and I see families together. Together laughing, working, eating hot dogs together, and enjoying being with each other after a long day. For families like mine, there is no exotic annual vacation, there is only the county fair. There is family entertainment in the evenings, maybe a rodeo, maybe a concert. Whatever it is, there are memories being made.

Kids and parents savor every moment. You will never get this year back. Kids, don’t forget to thank those who have steered you, hugged you after defeat and cheered for you on this journey.

We salute the 4-H and FFA exhibitors of all the local county fairs! Your worth is not determined by the color of that ribbon. It is determined by the heart and determination you have shown all year and how graciously you win and lose. Now go out and make yourself proud!

From all of us at Your Ag Network and our Hot Barns that power this program, we wish you the best of luck. Monte will fill you in on all the action at Stockmens Livestock, Lemmon Livestock, North Platte Stockyards, St. Onge/Newell, Platte Livestock Market, Tri County Stockyards, Torrington Livestock, Creighton Livestock Market, Bassett Livestock Auction, Mobridge Livestock, Ogallala Livestock Auction Market, and Presho Livestock. Catch them all on


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