It’s state and county fair time again, and while some might think that the devastating drought conditions across a major portion of the nation might be cause to close state and county fairs this year, they would need to think again. Especially in years such as these fairs are a chance for people to get out and have a little fun and see the good side of agriculture. Many fair boards have been reporting that despite the heat and the drought suffered in their areas, fair attendance numbers have been up; though the animals and vegetables being exhibited this year do tend to be on the lighter and smaller side. If you are headed out to your county or state fair this year, remember to stay well hydrated and take advantage of any air conditioned buildings that might be available. Also, be sure to thank the many volunteers working in the fair exhibit halls, and hospitality and first aid tents. They work hard and do a terrific job of taking care of the rest of us. Above all, enjoy your local fair. If for just a brief few hours, forget your troubles, forget the drought, and have a good time - all while promoting the future of agriculture in your county and state.