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One of the wonderful traditions of Americana is the county fair. Wherever feasible, KSL encourages participation in these meaningful celebrations of local life that typically occur this time of year.

According to the Utah Association of Counties (UAC), county fairs have been taking place since before statehood. In fact, the fair in Iron County this year is 120 years old. The folks in Sevier County have been doing it for a hundred years and will hold a special centennial celebration during this year's event. Salt Lake County's fair has been around 71 years.

In a recent news release, the UAC touted the economic impact of county fairs, calling them "a wise investment" that "contribute to (each) county's economy."

Still, as the UAC suggests, "one of the most visible and celebrated elements of a county fair is the unity it helps to create among county residents. Despite a range of competitions where Utahns are placed head-to-head, at the end of the day there is a sense of pride and unity among neighbors."

KSL thanks the Utah Association of Counties for this timely reminder of a genuine and meaningful tradition. While some might think they're a relic from the past, county fairs are alive and well, and worthy of broad citizen support.

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