Column: County fair brings back fond memories of past summers

The Johnson County 4-H and Agricultural Fair starts this week. It sure will be different from last year’s, at least from where I’ll be sitting.

That would be at the Master Gardeners’ table in one of the exhibition buildings on the grounds. It will be different because, as anyone from the county who wasn’t vacationing in the Arctic last summer can tell you, July 2012 was hot. No, I mean really hot. How hot was it? At the risk of sounding like a late-night talk show host, it was so hot the 4-H kids were feeding ice water to the chickens so they wouldn’t lay hard-boiled eggs (rimshot).

Our Master Gardener table was in a direct path of huge fans which helped make the air inside the building somewhat tolerable. Of course, after enduring the string of 90 and 100 degree days we had suffered up to that time, I almost had become used to the intense temperatures. Almost.

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