Madagascar hissing cockroach? The Missouri State Fair, of course!
Josh and I have been going to the State Fair together for the past 28 years, and I've been going, myself, since age 3. It is one of my anticipated traditions of summer. (The
Madagascar hissing cockroach is the most kept cockroach species for
pets, and this was one of the ways the Missouri Extension Service drew
people in to their good bug/bad bug booth, which was quite interesting
The Fair is about families, kids, animals, prizes, gardens, food and
information. It's all about prize winning vegetables, new gadgets, farm
implements, new tractors, and lots and lots of animals. There's a pig
barn, a rabbit barn with prize-winning rabbits, a poultry house with
well-groomed, fancy chickens of all kinds, sizes and breeds. The hog
barn, sheep and beef barns, all have the entries from 4-H kids, and Future Farmers of America boys and girls, from all across the state. And Long Creek Herbs has a booth in the Agri-Missouri building one day of the Fair, as well. Plus I'm giving 2 programs, one on growing herbs and one on starting a vegetable garden.
project of the Missouri State Extension Service, does a great job of
promoting Missouri agriculture and agri-products. We bought several
things from the AgriMissouri store while at the Fair. Plus they sell my Herbal Nail Fungus Soak and my books, including my newest book, Make Your Own Hot Sauce.
There are always what I call the "velcro kids," you know the ones, teens
who take a date to the Fair and believe that some body part, usually a
sweaty hand or arm, has to be touching the other at all times. I was
that kid once, myself.
Sunday was Military Appreciation Day (actually it was called, "Homegrown
Heroes Day" and sponsored by Sprint) and the Fair had lots of Army,
Marine and Air Force there. Buses from Ft. Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air
Force Base brought in a military band and busloads of troups, all there
enjoying the day. Hopefully lots of folks were telling them how much we
all appreciate their service. As a Veteran myself, I could have asked
for a discount on Fair admission, but it didn't seem necessary.
feral hogs in Missouri and how to control the problem. (It has become a serious problem
in 20 counties in Missouri; I've seen them just a mile away from home
and I'm sure they can destroy a garden in just one night).