Showcation (noun). Time off work that is spent at a cattle show or in a cattle show environment. Showcation often financially replaces a traditional vacation for many years.
This gem was in a graphic my husband found yesterday. He sent it to me because in our house, it’s true. The Elizabethtown Fair is this week and I am spending prepping a show string and organizing the fair’s dairy show with a group of dedicated volunteers.
While some would consider this a terrible way to spend a vacation, it’s just been a way of life for my family. I love the ability to spend time with my family working on a project together. It seems strange to consider family fun with a scrub bucket or a set of clippers working on clipping cows. But there is something to be said for the experience.
Our family will enjoy watching the boys learn something new about showing cows, catch up with “fair friends” that we only see at the shows, and make memories to go along with past cow shows and fairs.
Another benefit comes through “unplugging” from digital media. I joke with my kids that they have returned to a pre-digital experience where they have to interact with people instead of “a hunk of plastic.” Card games, especially UNO and solitaire, are ways we can pass the time.
And while others will head to the mountains, the beach or some other vacation hot spot, I will be found sitting on a showbox. And instead of sticking my feet in the sand, they will be in the sawdust on the floor in the dairy barn at a fair.
--Charlene Shupp Espenshade, special sections editor