Fair season is back! That means the Tractor Supply “Follow Us to the Fair” Tour is once again embarking on an 11,000-mile cross-country journey to state and county fairs, making 24 stops in 14 states over the next six months. The tour will recognize more than 100 4-H and FFA youth who are making a difference in their local communities.
Now in its fourth year, the nation’s largest rural lifestyle retailer is sending its road team on an excursion that begins June 1 in Kentucky and concludes Nov. 10 in Nevada.
In addition to family-friendly activities and opportunities to win prizes, the “Follow Us to the Fair” Tour will celebrate local 4-H and FFA youth through Tractor Supply’s second annual “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest. This year’s competition encouraged youth to submit a short essay detailing how a memorable 4-H or FFA experience has influenced their development as a great neighbor in their community.
“Fairs have a longstanding tradition of bringing people of all ages together to celebrate the local community and the key role that agriculture plays within it,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “The ‘Follow Us to the Fair’ Tour seeks to preserve this tradition while adding family fun to the experience. The ‘Great Neighbor’ Essay Contest is an added layer that lets us recognize the incredible work 4-H and FFA youth are doing all across the country.”
Tractor Supply selected local winners at each fair to be honored during a special ceremony. In addition to a commemorative plaque, contest winners will walk away with a special Tractor Supply gift pack.
The 2,000 sq. ft. traveling exhibit will give fairgoers the opportunity to experience the excitement of “Life Out Here” through a variety of entertainment options, including music, interactive games and ways to win prizes. Attendees will have the chance to test their abilities on a strength game, have their free photo taken on a bucking bull, race to “feed the animals” in a bean bag toss, take home huge prizes and participate in fun, educational activities.