Pleasants County Agricultural Fair showcases cattle shows for young people


ST. MARYS, Va. (WTAP) – After a wet and muddy start on Saturday morning, following an early morning downpour, hundreds of people came to St. Marys Marina on Saturday and Sunday to attend the County Agricultural Fair. Pleasants. : a return to a face-to-face show after a year of virtual exhibitions and on social networks in 2020.

“Go back to the public eye and show them that the 4H and FFA programs in Pleasants County are really strong,” says Dianna Lewis, WVU Extension Officer, ”and that we can come back after COVID and have a positive message for our people. children. “

And these children are what all this – and every agricultural fair – is. Many, but not all, live on farms in Pleasants and the surrounding counties.

Hunter Smitley is an agriculture teacher at St. Marys High School. He says young people learn business and life skills by raising and showing animals.

“Every time you walk through the barn and chat with kids, their joy at what they’ve learned really stands out,” Smitley said enthusiastically on Sunday. “As an educator, but more importantly as a person, seeing people find this joy and this passion is really important. It’s worth it this weekend.

There were, of course, rides, concessions and shows, which included a “cutest baby” contest. But the heart of these exhibitions are the efforts of young people in the neighborhood.

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