By Alexandria Chapin, Multi-Media Journalist - email
Putnam County -
A ringing could be heard through Putnam County and it signified the start of the 158th Annual Putnam County Fair. The traditional ringing of the bell took place during the opening ceremony to kick off the 6 day event. Youth talent is showcased through programs like 4-H and Future Farmers of America.
4-H members are responsible for taking care of their animals and preparing them for show. 4-H members like Melissa Knott are busiest during fair week. She shows her two cows during the fair and has to look after them all week. Melissa takes after her father and uncle who used to show hogs and dairy feeders. This is her 5th year in 4-H.
Her responsibilities don't start during fair week, she got both her cows in January and has been taking care of them since, in preparation for the fair. Putnam County has strong agricultural roots with farms that have been in families for over a century.
There are lots traditional fair food to choose from and rides for all ages. In the merchant building you'll find baked goods, an art exhibit, and various booths set up by local businesses. Entertainment and various shows will continue throughout the week. A new attraction to look for this year is alligator wrestling.