Creativity and Caring Part of Oakland County Fair,Dinosaurs Too.
(Crystal A. Proxmire, July 20, 2019)
Davisburg, MI – The Oakland County Fair is an annual tradition that brings people – and animals – and dinosaurs – together to celebrate many things.
The 4H club emphasis means there is lots of rural representation, including barns full of animals to be looked at, petted, photographed, judged, and sometimes auctioned off. Horseback riders show off their skills on a dusty course at on end of the fair, while across the way kids and adults can pet animals they might not otherwise see – like goats, a zebra, a giant tortoise, and an emu. Camels and ponies are there to give rides, and this year there were also animated dinosaurs that thrilled the little kids who were posed on their backs for pictures.
Many of the animals are raised by students who are learning about agriculture and animal care, and there is an auction at the end for those who want to keep or to eat the animals. Prior to this year’s fair, a group of girls from Oakland County Livestock Club talked about the animals and the care it takes to raise them.
Tiffany Oberdorf, who spoke to the Holly Area Chamber of Commerce about the Club, grew up in the livestock club and is now in her freshman year at Kansas State studying agriculture and animal science. Her specialty are goats and sheep, but she’s also worked raising hogs. “We’re raising animals in an ethical way that gives them a better life,” she said. “It’s not just that animals on small farms are treated better. Doing this helps us when we work in the agriculture industry. We have this experience and we bring compassion to it. I worked on a farm with 7,000 hogs and every day we were out there giving them massages and taking care of them. There are some large farms with bad reputations, but there are a lot of people that care and do things right.”
In addition to the animals, the fair boasts a collection of student and adult projects that include art, agriculture, creative writing, science projects, photography, place-setting, sewing, and more. The historic Ellis Barn houses many of the blue, red, and yellow-ribbon-winning pieces, surrounded by the beauty of the rustic wood.
In the middle of the fair is where games, rides, and indulgent foods await people ready for fun. The fair ended last weekend, but will return for two weeks in 2020. To stay up on events throughout Oakland County, visit our EVENT PAGE or SIGN UP FOR DAILY HEADLINES.