Cottonwood Connections May 2024

May 2024

District Director Notes - Jay Harris

As we get close to fair season across the state of Kansas, we are always looking for people interested in being a judge. At the heart of every county fair lies a hidden gem: the judge. This is a person that carefully evaluates exhibits ranging from livestock to homemade pies. But what does it truly mean to be a county fair judge? Let's step behind the scenes and uncover the essence of this esteemed role.

First and foremost, being a county fair judge is a responsibility steeped in tradition and honor. Judges are selected for their expertise and knowledge in specific categories, whether it's agriculture, crafts, or culinary arts. Their task extends beyond mere assessment; they serve as ambassadors of quality and excellence, upholding the standards that define each competition.

A county fair judge embodies impartiality and integrity. They approach each exhibit with an open mind, free from bias or favoritism. Their decisions are guided by fairness and objectivity, ensuring that every participant receives a fair chance to shine. It's not about who they know or where they come from; it's about the merit of the entry itself.

Precision and attention to detail are the hallmarks of a county fair judge. Whether they're critiquing the symmetry of a quilt or the marbling of a prized steer, judges leave no stone unturned in their evaluation process. They possess a keen eye for craftsmanship and a discerning palate for flavor, discerning the finest nuances that distinguish excellence from mediocrity.

Yet, being a county fair judge is more than just a role—it's a labor of love. Judges invest their time and expertise willingly, driven by a passion for their craft and a desire to nurture talent within their community. They offer constructive feedback and encouragement, empowering participants to hone their skills and strive for greater heights.

Above all, being a county fair judge is about celebration. It's about celebrating the rich tapestry of talents and traditions that define rural life. It's about celebrating the dedication and hard work of every exhibitor who pours their heart and soul into their creations. And most importantly, it's about celebrating the spirit of community and camaraderie that thrives within the vibrant tapestry of the county fair.

So, the next time you stroll through the bustling aisles of your local fairgrounds, take a moment to appreciate the silent guardians of quality—the county fair judges—who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the magic of the fair lives on for generations to come.