By Richard Oswald
Bolt-sitting, baby-kissing, and $1000 pies -- the county fairs of Northwest Missouri couldn't happen but once a year. Thank heaven, they still do.
"We gave them a monopoly and they are making billions," said a retired ag professor from the University of Missouri.
When there's an accident in a rural area, many volunteers rush to the rescue, usually at their own expense. Should they be eligible for more than gratitude?
"In this town, they know the cost of everything but the value of nothing," Cong. Tim Walz told rural residents gathered at the National Rural Assembly in Washington, D.C.
Reaching back into the annals of sports-farming, Richard Oswald recounts the thrill of victory, the agony of buffalo burrs.
Richard Oswald turns consumer health advisor, with a farm fresh, cheap, and labor-intensive cure for eczema.