• When I heard from Missouri State Fair Fine Art Superintendent Alan Weaver that there was a woman who had not missed a MSF in 82 years, I thought I needed to meet her. On Friday I met, 82-year-old Ruth Carmichael, of Oak Grove, at her camper. Soft spoken Ruth said she was born in Sedalia, graduated from Smith-Cotton High School and had been married to her husband Jim for 56 years.
The former math teacher said her husband brings antique tractors to show at the fair. On Wednesday, four generations of her family drove the tractors in the MSF Antique Tractor Parade. Ruth’s daughter Lee Ann Snodgrass, of Oak Grove, said each year the family gathers in the MSF Campground, and cooks and eats together. Last weekend they had 29 family members at their table.
“It’s like our vacation,” Ruth added.
This year Ruth was most excited about seeing the new eight-hitch draft horse show to be hosted this Sunday.
“Yes, yes,” she said her face lighting up. “I want to see that!” — Reporter Faith Bemiss
• I got roped into “Wine 101” class at the Missouri State Fair Wine Tent. All right, so maybe I went willingly. It’s full of interesting facts about Missouri wines. You even get to keep your glass afterwards, it looks like a traditional wine glass with no stem. For just $5.00 you can taste some of the Show-Me States finest wines: I was partial to the 2014 St. James Winery Vignoles and the Arrowhead Red. — Columnist Travis McMullen
• I had been wondering why the public use I-Land computers in the Mathewson usually sat unused until I tried them out. Included among the websites and services that wouldn’t work were Gmail, Outlook, Facebook and even Google. I can’t work with inferior search engines! Come on, those are the sorts of sites that people might want to visit while at the Fair. Apparently they have pretty high standards when it comes to security certificates because none of those sites were up to snuff. — Columnist Travis McMullen