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Published August 13, 2009, 12:00 AM

Editorial: It's fair time. Don't miss it.

It’s prime-time fair season in southwest Minnesota.

By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe

It’s prime-time fair season in southwest Minnesota.

The Murray County Fair began Wednesday in Slayton, and the Nobles County Fair officially kicks off today in Worthington. We’re hopeful for good weather and good turnouts for what are always perfect family events.

The Daily Globe recently conducted an online poll with results that said roughly half of respondents would attend a county fair this summer, while the other half wouldn’t. While we don’t pretend these results are a perfect indicator of sentiment toward county fairs, they were a little disappointing — after all, what’s not to like about the fair?

OK, some people may not be into looking at all the animals. But they could then go the exhibit halls, where there’s just about every category of 4-H entry imaginable. Some may not be crazy about the midway, and want to eat healthy. An alternative: Visit the commercial building, and then grab one of the best milkshakes you’ll ever have. (In Worthington, the stand is set up annually by the Nobles County Chapter of the American Dairy Association).

There’s plenty more about county fairs, of course, but here’s the most important reason to go: they are showcases for so many people who have worked so very hard, particularly our young.