Lunch yesterday was at the Vernon County(WI) Fair in the county seat of Viroqua. That's the next county south of La Crosse, and is extremely rural, total county population 29 thousand something, and its only stoplights are in the county seat. Big Amish population, clippety-clacking down the country roads, and some award winning small cheesemakers and butcher shops. And lefse!
It was like stepping back in time; pretty good size carnival with the usual good stuff for kids, some interesting antique exhibits, and watch out for the cow flop outside the cow barn!
It was great to see all the farm kids enjoying themselves. You can always tell the farm kids by their work boots and attire, and also their capable and confident manner. Farm kids learn hands-on about animals and tools from their toddler days. This was the next generation, and it made us feel good to see them.
We watched a dog obedience judging with a bunch of kids showing off their pooches. There wasn't so much obedience, but there was plenty of affection, and the kids were bashful and proud and self-conscious all at once.
Lunch was midwestern style sloppy joes at the 4-H tent, served up the kids, and dished up by the dads in the back. We kind of went there for these, as you can't hardly find them on a menu, but they are always to be found at these events. This was a real good, mom-type, version. For some reason people up here call them barbecues, which of course they are not. You have to ask, or maybe get surprised.