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The Modern Role Of State And County Fairs

Jul 22, 2014

Food vendors are setting up at the Wyandotte County Fair.
Credit Christina Lieffring / KCUR

Counties and states all over America host seasonal fairs. Originally, they were organized to share the latest technology in agriculture and genes among livestock. But in an age of instant information are state and county fairs still relevant? On Tuesday's Central Standard, we investigate the modern function of fairs, and talk with some professional livestock judges about their criteria for appraising animals and producing the food of tomorrow.


  • Zack McCracken, feed salesman for Suther Feeds, swine judge
  • Jim Tucker, president and CEO of the International Association of Fairs and Expos
  • Bill Elder, former chicken judging champion, senior art director, Two West
  • Alex Pope, owner, Local Pig