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!