Turning accident into opportunity

I once won a blue ribbon at Oregon’s Polk County Fair. Not a particularly noteworthy accomplishment, I admit, but there is a back story that I believe is worth telling.  Oregon’s economy and history are primarily rural, bring built on the industry of ranchers, farmers, loggers, and those who provide services to them. Each summer, county fairs from Multnomah in the north to Klamath in the south, blanket the state. I grew up in or just outside of small towns: Sheridan, Willamina, and Independence in Polk County, which had a great county fair: dusty, noisy, smelly, and filled with accidental reunions and laughter. The variety of…