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Fair Offers Showcase For Proud Farmers

By Justin Wilfon

(LOUISVILLE) -- The Kentucky State Fair started Thursday morning, as it always does, with the commodities breakfast. It is a chance for Kentucky's farmers to remind the rest of us what they mean to our state. WAVE 3's Justin Wilfon has the story.

Before the sun comes up on the first day of the fair, farmers are already showing their passion. They not only work at the fair, they sleep there too.

"Some of the cows bawl all night, but other than that it's all right," said dairy farmer Cheryl Scott.

For them, the first day at the fair is much like a day at the farm.

"It's kind of hectic," said Scott. "You've got to get all the cows and stuff here, and then you've got to get them in the stalls."

Said Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer: "This is really a nice way to showcase what we're doing in agriculture and talk about the things that we do and show how diverse we are in how we affect everybody's lives everyday."

And there's no better showcase than the commodities breakfast, the fair's annual kick-off event.

"We have all products here today," said farmer H.H. Barlow. "There's country ham, sausage, eggs -- even had some catfish for breakfast. That was kind of a new novelty to me."

All of the food for the breakfast was produced right here in the Bluegrass by hard working Kentucky farmers.

"I think it's a good way to honor all of the products that we produce here in Kentucky," Barlow said. "All of us farmers have something to produce and showcase.

Kentucky's governor often attends the commodities breakfast, but Gov. Ernie Fletcher wasn't at Thursday's event.

Online Reporter: Justin Wilfon

Online Producer: Michael Dever

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