The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Editorials

June 23, 2013

Tradition undergoes changes

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Fair will open its gates Tuesday for another run, welcoming visitors to enjoy a variety of attractions.

County fairs trace their roots back to the days when people didn’t travel often or far. The festive events provided far-flung neighbors the opportunity to gather to catch up on the latest news, to see who could bake the tastiest treats and who could raise the best livestock.

This year’s Vermilion County Fair still offers all of those attractions.

Dozens of 4-H members from across the county will display the results of their hard work, some in the exhibit halls and others in the livestock arena. The time and effort required to bring a 4-H project to the fair might not be noticed by everyone, but the young people involved learn about commitment, hard work and the satisfaction of seeing a task through to its completion.

This year’s fair also offers visitors a lot of value for their $3 entry fee. Fair board members have scheduled free, daily entertainment for visitors to enjoy.

In the past, fair-goers would pay to get in and then have to pay more to eat, to ride and to be entertained.

Fair board members are trying to ease that financial crunch a bit. It’s a good move that should pay off for the fair overall.

If you’ve never visited a county fair, take a trip just west of Danville — or over to Cayuga, Ind., where the Vermillion County fair is under way — and find out what you’ve been missing.

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