I’ve been camping at the Mid-State Fair for over 10 years, and the story about the end of camping is way off base. Our 4-H members, mostly ages 9 to 15, are working with their animals for eight days, 12 to 14 hours a day, starting at 6 a.m.
The campground provides a safe and supervised environment for the kids between their duties. We provide 80 healthy meals three times a day, as people can’t afford to eat fair food for the entire week. Without the campground, many of our working families could not afford to attend the fair, and that is wrong.
If the fair is so concerned about alcohol, it should look to the vendors that sell alcohol to minors. The one FFA member who was ejected from the fair last year was not in the campground. The vendors even told parents that it was OK to drink in the campground if they bought beer in an official cup from the fair. I’m the one who straightened that mess out, not the fair management.
What is most disappointing is the fair’s decision to blindside us and throw us out on trumped-up charges, instead of working together to make it work.
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