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Shocked to see alcohol served at Howard County Fair [Letter]

I greatly appreciate both the quantity and quality of your coverage of the Howard County Fair in the last two issues. Although I am a "city boy" who has lived in Columbia since 1972, the fair has become an important event for me.

Both as a reminder of my own family's agricultural roots in Indiana and Colorado as well as a place to feel some connection to local farm families and to rural life, I look forward to the experience each summer. My children have participated in 4-H and I am proud of the two green ribbons that hang in my basement attesting to the fact that I have been a participant (not a winner) in the baking competition on two occasions.

However, this year I was shocked to discover that this sweet place, that as you note, "…has kept family first for 70 years," was serving alcohol for the first time. While I am no prude and thoroughly enjoy a glass of scotch, I feel strongly that alcohol should not be allowed to become part of the fair's family tradition.

I urge those in charge to see that it is never allowed to return.

John Rhead


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