Published On: Thu, Jan 30th, 2014

Livestock Show carries on long tradition


RANDOLPH—The livestock show is the foundation for the Randolph Community Fair.

It is a tradition that is passed down each year in not only this community, but all of rural America, Dennis Bazata said.

Bazata is the 7-12 Principal at Randolph Public Schools and the superintendant at the Randolph Community Fair Livestock Show.

Bazata, along with Randolph Public Schools teacher and FFA adviser Craig Flaming, and community families, have kept the livestock show going for a several years. The reason for doing so…the kids, Bazata said.

“For us to be able to hang onto it for all these years, there must be a reason why,” he said. “It’s about the kids.”

On Jan. 22 at the Randolph Community Club meeting, community leaders decided to continue hosting the Randolph Community Fair Livestock Show.

Youth from Pierce, Cedar and Wayne counties can show at the Randolph Community Fair Livestock Show.

In the past, participants have been able to use the show as practice for their county fair or as an opportunity for younger showman to learn the ropes.

“It’s important to families in the community,” Bazata said. “Some families and clubs always plan on coming to it.”

As youth members in the area have grown older and families have moved away, participant numbers have decreased, and that is typical, Bazata said. But, the last two years, there has been an increase in participation, he added.

Some past showmen and show-women are even starting to bring their grandkids, Bazata said.

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