MOUNT VERNON — As with nearly everything today, the cost of showing an animal at the county fair has gone up. But, that hasn’t kept the youths of Knox County from bringing out a large number of animals of all different kinds.
From rabbits and chickens to hogs and cattle, the cost of feeding the animals shown at the Knox County Fair has skyrocketed over the past couple of years.
“It takes a lot of food and a lot of time. It takes dedication to get it done,” said Trent Gaddis of Mount Vernon, whose two children are both showing beef steers this year.
Gaddis’ children, Caitlyn, 12, and Joshua, 10, each have a steer at this year’s fair. Even though it’s a lot of work, Gaddis feels it’s a great experience for his children to be involved in.
“We’ve been competitive, but not able to win. But, it’s all about coming to the fair and having a good time,” said Gaddis. “Plus, it teaches the kids life lessons.”