The Central Washington State Fair used to mean riding rides, eating delicious fattening food and finding out what the latest gadget was that everyone needed to purchase.

Now, it means something even more special to me. It means getting hugs from listeners I haven't seen in a while, meeting new listeners and making lasting memories with listeners. Actually, when I say listeners I mean friends, because so many of you are my friends. I care about each and every one of you.

This year so far at the far I've hugged many of you, met some wonderful listeners for the first time and made a listener's dream come true when I gave her my personal Tanya Tucker meet & greet pass.

She had met Tanya when she was 8 years old with her grandma, who had her hop a fence and told them that they were on the rodeo board to get backstage. Unfortunately, her grandma has since passed away. She had the picture on her phone of her 8-year-old self all dressed up ready for her first country music concert.

I knew in my heart that if she didn't win the meet & greets that I would give up my personal pass to meet Tanya. When she didn't win, I called her over and told her that I wanted her to have my personal pass. She started to cry and told me no at first. I told her, "yes" as I tried to fight from tearing up myself.

Luckily for me, one of the other listeners who won a pair of passes gave me their other pass. So it all worked out in the end.

That's what fair time means to me now. Seeing you ... not just the listener, but my friend. I truly love you.

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