Glenn County Fair 2019

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Tim showing at the Merced County Fair in 1978

On the third week of May you can always find the Pedrozo family in the same spot every year, at their local fairgrounds with a string of show cattle in tow. This is the 17th year in a row that a Pedrozo has shown at the Glenn County Fair in Orland and it is a favorite tradition on the farm. The Pedrozo’s began showing at the Glenn County Fair when Tom was nine years old, he took his first heifer, Marsha, a large, kind-hearted, Holstein that forever holds a special place in the hearts of the Pedrozo Family. When I began showing, I showed Jerseys and Tom continued to show Holsteins, as not to compete against each other. As the years went on, I became very involved in showing and expanded my show season by taking cows to multiple county fairs. When Tom became too old to continue to show, I took over his string of Holsteins and increased my registered cattle herd to take to county fairs. I had a great time taking my cows all over the state, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling of taking your cows to your own county fair. It’s great to be surrounded by your community and visit with folks that you haven’t seen since the last fair.

Tom showing at the Glenn County Fair in 2009.

Even after becoming too old for the FFA, I still take cows every year to the Glenn County Fair. Luckily, in Glenn County, there is still an open show for dairy cattle. This means that anyone of any age can enter their cows into the fair. I have been showing open at the fair since 2015. It’s something that my dad and I look forward to every year. Although, now the reasoning behind taking our cows into town has changed. We used to show to compete to win, I wanted to win showmanship and supreme champion cow every year. Since I began showing in Glenn County, the size of the dairy cattle show has declined every year. This year, we will be the only entries for open registered dairy cattle and we will also have the only milk cows at the fair. When someone asks me now why I still continue to take my cows to the fair, my answer is much different. Now, I take my cows to help educate my community about the dairy industry and to ensure that the milk barn that is located on the fairgrounds continues to stay open. There is always a worry in the back of my mind when the show continues to decrease in size, what if they take out the milk barn to make room for more popular species at the fair. My dad and I have taken it upon ourselves to make sure that the milk barn at the fairgrounds gets used every year and that no matter what, the community can see with their own eyes how a dairy cow gets milked.

This may sound crazy to some people, to disrupt an entire week of my life, take time off my full time job, and put in all the extra work that goes into taking animals to the fair. But to us, it is so important. I want to make sure that if I have children of my own there will be a milk barn standing at the fairgrounds when they bring their own show string to the county fair. The even bigger reason I do this is to ensure that anyone that visits the fair and walks through my barn will see what a happy, well-cared for, in milk dairy cow looks like. So, no matter how tired I am after caring for and showing my cows. I will always answer any question about my cows and I’m willing to share what I do with my community because the best way to connect the consumer to the farmer is to allow them to see, touch, and ask as many questions as they want about our industry.

We hope to see you at the Glenn County Fair in Orland from May 16th-19th. If you can’t make it to our county fair, we hope you enjoy your own county fair, visit the barns, and ask exhibitors about their livestock.

-Laura Pedrozo

Laura showing at the Glenn County Fair in 2013

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