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I made three trips down to Columbus over the past four days, and on Sunday, I almost went down a fourth time, to buy a hunting dog.

On Wednesday, I set out from my home in Wooster, for the Ohio Farm to School Conference, where state and national leaders, as well as about 300 interested participants, learned about the latest in farm-to-school initiatives.

Thursday afternoon, I went back down to watch the Ohio high school girl’s basketball state semi-final games, in the evening, where my alma mater, West Holmes, defeated Dayton Chaminade Julienne.

I spent Thursday night in a Columbus hotel, and on Friday, I worked from the Beef Expo at the state fairgrounds. It was another good turnout and I can only imagine that the crowd got even bigger over the weekend.

And then on Saturday, I went back for the final time, to Value City Arena, to watch the state basketball finals. My team was not so fortunate in that match, and fell to the girls prep. school, Hathaway Brown.

I thought I was done driving up and down I-71 for a while. But when I got home, I did what I’ve been doing most nights before bed — I checked the online hunting beagle ads. And sure enough, I found the dog that I’ve been looking for for months, just posted for sale, in none other than Columbus.

Beef Expo

I thought of going back down Sunday to check the dog out, but I was too dogged out myself to do so. Instead, I spent some time catching up on my coverage of the Farm to School event, and the Beef Expo.

Somewhere over the course of the next few days, I’m going to work on getting myself back down to C’bus, to buy that dog. Before someone else does.

 

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Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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