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Fair rodeo much better than the real thing

It is Fairfield County Fair week for the Reeses — the last (and best in the argument of some) fair in Ohio each year. Sheep shows, guys and gals lead, open cattle show, pee-wee showmanship, and plenty of poultry will dominate the week for our family, along with a healthy dose of autumn fair food and fun. But, amid all of these activities, we try to attend some other fun events at the Fair as well, including the always entertaining combine derby and the rodeo.

Last night we watched brave bull riders, skilled barrel riders and a couple of crazy clowns in what ended up being a very entertaining evening for children and grownups alike. Little did we know that after the conclusion of the rodeo at the Fairfield County Fair, authorities would be involved with a real life cattle roundup in Highland County near Leesburg just a couple of hours later.

Unfortunately, there was nothing funny about this situation. A semi containing more than 90 cattle tipped over and many of the animals quickly disappeared into the dark and rainy night. Four cattle were killed and there were significant traffic concerns. A stretch of highway was closed and many hours went into securing the lost animals.

I am glad the animals we will be dealing with at the Fair this week will be confined to pens, cages and the show ring. A fair rodeo is much better than the real thing.

Also, with the end of the 2014 Ohio fair season this week, be sure to check out (and submit entries in) the  2014 Farm and Fair Photo Contest. All entires are due by Oct. 30.

Here are some Reese family photos from the Fairfield County Fair

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