Klamath County Fair

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, August 9 2012 at 3:29 PM, Updated: Thu, August 9 2012 at 3:47 PM

The 2012 Klamath County Fair is now underway in Klamath Falls.

While the fair means rides, food, and fun for many, it's serious business for FFA and 4-H members.

Ben Kays has been involved with 4-H since the fourth grade.  While the Klamath County Fair runs 4 days, Ben Kays has been preparing for the fair for over a year.

"Well, I spend most of the year working on the steers, getting them ready for the fair, so it's a pretty big time of the year for me."

Rebecca Kays notes that her son raising his gelbveigh steer 'Red' has involved a lot of early mornings, and a lot of work...

"He's learning the responsibility for financial management, what's his bottom line - how is he going to pay for the next project."

Kays is one of many 4-H and Future Farmers of America members that will be auctioning off their animals this Sunday. 

But Ben Kays is taking the concept even further.  He's raising a second steer - which will not only help him to graduate, but also represents a substantial amount of community service.  Kays notes that second steer is a hereford named 'Herf'...

"My senior project, I will have him butchered, and donate all the meat to the Gospel Mission, and it will be used to feed the homeless."

And while the steers will soon be gone, the lessons learned will last a lifetime. 

Highlights of this year's Klamath County Fair include a destruction derby Thursday night at 7:30...

The Great Northwest Pro Rodeo will take place this Friday and Saturday evening at seven...

And the Rotary Livestock Auction will be held this Sunday afternoon at two.

The Klamath County Fair also features live entertainment on two out door stages.

This Friday night, the first 300 kids at the Pro Rodeo will get a free NBC2 'Rodeo Ranger' button!

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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