West Point News' Editorial
Included in this week’s West Point News and Wisner News-Chronicle are two 2013 Cuming County Fair special sections. Those 36 pages are full of 4-H results – from the beef show to the Fashion Revue to entomology and more.
In past years those special sections also included results of the many open class exhibits. However, this year, we made the decision to run the open class results on the pages of our regular weekly newspapers. Some open class results are included this week, and more will be included next week.
In case you are wondering, all of the results included in our fair sections and newspaper have to be typed and proofed by our staff. Most of the results we get are hand written, and those that come to us typed are not in a form that allows us to “copy and paste.”
We also take, download and get ready for print all of the photos. There are right at 100 of them just in the fair sections (not including those that we prepared for all of the congratulatory ads or those that will run with the open class results).
That’s on top of still putting out our weekly newspapers.
All of that isn’t a complaint. It’s just an explanation of what goes into compiling all that information. It’s a huge task for our staff.
The decision to spread out the open class results in the paper over two or more weeks might not go over well with some. But it has to happen for us to be able to afford — both time wise and dollar wise — to print all of those results. It’s something few papers do anymore. In fact, we might be the last weekly paper in Nebraska to do it.
From the stack of weekly papers we receive each week, we can safely say we devote the most time and news space to a county fair. That won’t change.
But what is changing is when we are able to bring you all of the results.