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manure cart

I’ve a passion for the buildings found at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, especially the older structures. There’s a strange sort of practical beauty to them. I’m completely smitten with the massive barns with their beamed ceilings and skylights and interior stalls and pens.

On my most recent visit I noticed these very cool red carts situated in strategic points among the stalls. When I got closer I saw they were all labeled “For Manure Only.” Not a very appealing thought, but I love the communal attitude behind it. The people who bring their livestock to exhibit at the fair are the sorts of people who will clean up after themselves–not because they’re forced to, but because it’s the decent and respectful thing to do. The people who operate the fair understand that, and provide them with some of the necessary materials to do it.

These aren’t just manure carts; they’re an expression of consideration.

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