June 22 2004

[b]Lines from Lucy [/b]

Posted by Kim
What I learned at Kennebec's Ag Day

* It doesn't matter what the calendar says. The weather in South Dakota is unpredictable and just because the calendar says it's the first day of Summer doesn't mean it's going to be warm.
With the temperature in the 50's and occasional sprinkles most Ag Day attendees wore jackets through out the day. The exception to that was the Lyman High School football team that operated the dunk tank. It appeared to me that it may have been a concentrated effort of the seasoned team members to toughen up the younger players but most of the dunkees were incoming freshman. In the name of team spirit Coaches Morehart and Milton joined their newest team members on the tank and took turns being dunked by any who could hit the target.

* Young and old enjoyed the challenge of milking a cow, even if it's a cut out wooden cow and the pretend milk is just plain tap water. At the Ag Day planning meeting I admit I was ready to scratch the rental of the cow milking game. With a limited number of workers it just seemed I me it was something that could be cut and not missed. Boy, was I wrong. Adults and children lined up to see how much 'milk' they could put in the bucket in 1-minute. It became a challenge that pitted brothers against sisters, neighbors against neighbors, and men against women. While it may have brought back memories of long ago days of milking, by using the 'artificial' cow at least no one had to worry about getting kicked or swatted with a dirty tail.

* With just one food line it takes a long time to feed nearly 350 people. As one of the organizers of the free Ag BBQ I learned a valuable lesson; additional serving lines would have been very helpful. While plenty of food had been prepared, the process of serving could definitely have moved quicker.

* After attending my first Ranch Rodeo I learned it's better to bet on the bulls than amateur bull riders. I thought 'young stock' meant little bull calves. I don't know what the amateur riders thought, but I was certainly surprised by the bucking supremacy of the bulls that came out of the chute.

* And last but not least I learned that while it may have taken a great deal of donated time and effort by a large number of people to host a huge event like Ag Day, it was all worth it in the end when I heard the following comment. "There was more action on Kennebec's Main Street Saturday morning than most people can remember seeing in a long time." The 'can do' spirit of community volunteers is what keeps our towns going!

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