Agricultural Products Building at the Knox County Fair 2012

Knoxville, IL: I have been busy this week with my duties as one of the superintendents of the Produce Building at the 2012 Knox County Fair. This year’s fair saw many more produce entries than in the previous two, surprising since we have been in the middle of the worst drought in nearly 60 years! On top of the numbers of entries, there is also an abundance of varieties. Heirloom tomatoes, peppers, squash and varieties of other vegetables that are displayed by the entrants, along with comments by the entrants and fair visitors, show that there is an increasing interest expanding the varieties grown in American gardens.

The number of entrants exhibiting at the fair has increased and I feel that it shows that people are starting to get back to growing more of their own food, even if it is at a small scale. This goes along with the increasing interest in food in general. If you think about all of the possible things that have gotten better in the United States over the past 40 or so years, you may not come up with many items but food is one thing that really stands out as having gotten better. Hopefully the interest in gardening and food will continue to grow and maybe we will see many more years of great produce on display at the fair!

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