Out here at the North Dakota State Fair, there are opportunities to display your work over the past year --- and there are just as many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and create your own future.
That was true for Daryl Lies with Daryl's Racing Pigs.
His FFA idea in high school has become a 26 year State Fair staple.
Jennifer Thorgramson's Fair Follies series takes us to the race track.
(Daryl Lies, Daryl's Racing Pigs) "There have been doubters over the years, 'that's a fad, it will only last a couple of years.' But 26 years later, that's a pretty good fad."
Daryl's Racing Pigs have become a staple at the North Dakota State Fair.
And 26 years ago, it was nothing more than a wild idea to meet an FFA 'supervised occupational exposure' requirement.
Daryl took that idea, and ran with it.
(Daryl Lies, Daryl's Racing Pigs) "I saw this on the Johnny Carson show a couple years before so I used my ag teacher as leverage with dad. So he let me do it and I've been doing it ever since."
Daryl takes a dozen pigs to fairs around the midwest.
And back home in Douglas, he raises show pigs, and catches up with many of his stock in the 4-H and FFA barns while he travels to state and county fairs.
(Daryl Lies, Daryl's Racing Pigs) "It's a very special breed you know. Generations of breeding up fast genetics. I'm kidding."
Actually, the secret: cherry kool-aid.
And a lot of cheering of course.
(Daryl Lies, Daryl's Racing Pigs) "Don't be afraid to try something. It might be a goofy idea. Never be afraid of that possibility. You either fail or you succeed. If you fail, that's the great thing about our country, you have a chance to try again. Try something else. You never know if it's going to work until you try it. It could be the craziest thing such as running pigs in a circle that could be a success."
From the North Dakota State Fair with Jennifer's Fair Follies, I'm Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.
Over the weekend, Daryl estimates his shows hosted anywhere from 200 to 600 guests.
Daryl says he's cut back on the number of fairs he attends to devote more time to ventures in state politics, but the North Dakota State Fair will be one he will try to continue as long as there is a crowd to race for.