At the Fair In Odell, samples of our goodness

Hood River News Editorial

July 30, 2005

At the Hood River County Fair this week, some 13-year-olds are as likely to hang around the calm, quiet 4-H Building as they are the bright, noisy midway.

It’s a tough pull, but it’s not the neon that makes the fair — it’s the colors of prize ribbons and the sense of accomplishment.

“I won, I won!” a middle school girl shouted to friends Wednesday night as she ran toward friends for hugs outside the 4-H building.

That, as they say, is the spirit. Pride in one’s contribution, and the enthusiasm to share it.

The fair, which runs through 10 p.m. tonight in Odell, truly has something for everyone. Cars, dogs, horses, a stiltwalker, good pop and country tunes, and the midway rides, make the fair the most happening place in the county.

But don’t forget the full array of art, horticulture, textiles, canned goods, quilts, and other items grown or created by friends and neighbors, young and old, from around Hood River County.

These folks have shared their enthusiasm for life’s true pleasures. For decades, the fair has remained the absolute best place to enjoy these small but vital measures of community.

Congratulations, and thanks, to all the exhibitors who devoted their time and talents to the County Fair.

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