Holly Hatfield set out on a mission to visit as many State Fairs as she possible could in August of 2018. State Fairs are a tribute to the states agriculture as well as a place to gather the community on learning about agricultural practices, celebrate this years agricultural earnings, and continue traditions. Holly has not missed the Missouri State Fair since she began going to the fair as a little girl. It was a common area to meet up with her friends from all over the state, exhibit 4-H and FFA projects, and teach others the importance of the Agriculture Industry. On her journey to the Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado Kansas and Illinois State Fair, Holly said she saw all these values and more at each fair. “Each fair had their own corks and advocating experiences. Hands down enjoyed the Colorado State Fair the most because they had a whole building for families to go in and learn about every sector of their agriculture. But what makes it better is their 4-H and FFA members and officers were the ones to teach it, not adults. That is what is important! Students teaching and inspiring the next generation, which I value my Miss United States Agriculture experience on, is what is needed to continue the positivity of the agricultural industry.” Holly even had the opportunity to meet and talk to two different governors, Kim Reynolds of Iowa and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska. She highly recommends anyone and everyone to attend a state fair near them and maybe even another states!

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