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Maintaining an agricultural tradition

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the Franklin-Southampton County Fair, there was still a livestock show. That might not seem as significant to some people, but in these parts of Virginia, that’s a big deal.

The determination to enable 4-H members and Cloverbuds to exhibit rabbits, poultry, swine, goats and heifers (sorry if we left anyone out) is a credit to the organizers. They know, as local 4-H leader Jennifer Cuthbertson stated in last week’s edition: “Agriculture is essential.”

Judging by the extensive list of ribbon and banner winners, it’s evident that the youth continue to learn responsibility through the skills necessary to raising the critters.

Naturally, much thanks go to the sponsors too numerous to list. Their support makes such events possible.

We are hopeful that by next year, not only will the exhibition continue, but also the rest of fair, making it a truly county event.