I feel like I've never experienced a fair like the Roosevelt County Fair this past week.
Being a city kid, I was attracted to the illuminated rides and the delicious deep fried fair food.
Features such as pie eating contests, 4-H competitions and livestock shows were somewhat mythical to me because of movies and television.
But here, that's what the fair is all about. I can ride nauseating rides at an amusement park but I wouldn't see the county's prettiest flowers or craftiest projects anywhere else but the fair.
I was an alien to locals when I first got there. I'm pretty sure my questions during my coverage of certain events had people laughing at my ignorance but they were kind-hearted enough to help me out.
I covered the goat show and all I kept talking about was how cute the children and the goats were. Thankfully I was not a judge, because everyone would have won for being adorable.
I got to see what the heart and soul of this county looks like. So many people put in the time and effort to create crafts and baked goods.
I spoke with 4-H youth who vowed to be back to win titles at next year's competitions and that inspired me.
So I'll miss the fair because I experienced it for the first time, but my stomach will thank it for leaving.
Christina Calloway writes for Clovis Media Inc., and humor in her spare time. Write her at email@example.com.