Cattle back at Lowndes' fair

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Livestock and poultry shows are returning to the Lowndes County Fair that begins Tuesday.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that livestock hasn’t played a major role in the county fair for years. Farmers had become reluctant to leave expensive animals on display overnight. The fairgrounds’ cattle barn had fallen into disrepair.

That changed this year.

Jane Burns Jordan says area 4-H’ers, who worked all year to prepare their animals for this year’s fair, will make a grand return to the Columbus Fairgrounds on Thursday with a poultry and livestock show at 6:30 p.m.

Jordan became president of the Columbus Fair and Livestock Association last year after the death of her father, longtime president Bob Burns. Cattle continue to be a big part of Jordan’s life. She and her husband, Bo Jordan, run 92-head of Brangus at her late father’s farm.

Jordan said Lowndes County Extension Agent and Director Reid Nevins pushed bringing livestock and 4-H’ers back to the fair.

“He’s very enthusiastic and he’s got the energy we were lacking,” Jordan says. “He’s getting people involved that had kind of faded out of it. I’m very impressed. He is wide open with the kids. His work is what’s bringing this back.”

Jordan says bringing livestock back to the fair, beyond the ever-present petting zoo, gives people more to see while giving children the chance to learn something.

“We’re trying to bring back the old fair,” Jordan said. “We’re trying to bring back the exhibits. We have so many counties now that have joined us. 4-H teaches values and self-esteem. That’s what we try to instill. It’s a way for people to see what these kids are accomplishing. It’s more than just carnival rides.”

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com