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Durham boy's wish will come true at State Fair

Posted October 17, 2014

— Food and rides get a ton of attention at the North Carolina State Fair, but for many, animals are the star of the show.

That's true for Howell Brown, a Durham boy who will be granted his wish this weekend when he gets to show Miss Me, a brown and white heifer owned by Mason Blinson.

Howell relocated to Durham recently to undergo medical treatment, and he's been working with Blinson to prepare for his moment in the spotlight with Miss Me.

"I grew up on a farm, and I just enjoy it," he said of showing cows. "It's hard, but it's fun. It will pay off one day."

Howell said he's shown cows at two smaller county fair.

"I was pretty nervous. This is a big deal, so I'll probably be a little nervous and a little happy," he said.

Blinson, who is also a 4-H Club member, said she's enjoyed working with Howell in preparation for the fair.

"I'm glad I can have this experience with him," she said. "He's been working hard and he does a very good job. I'm proud of him."


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  • Jack Littleton Oct 17, 2014
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    Great story little man. Keep up the good work. I see a successful young man in your future. You and the people and animals in your life are truly blessed. You should be proud of yourself buddy.

  • Jerry Sawyer Oct 17, 2014
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    Good to hear some good news.

  • Mike Wells Oct 17, 2014
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    You are almost there Howell....keep up the good work!!!

  • momeeee Oct 17, 2014

    Good luck Howell and Miss Me!

  • Mike Berthold Oct 17, 2014
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    When I read a comment like this, it makes me realize there really are people who have no lives and will try to make a political statement at every turn. Must be lonely be so pathetic that you have to make every and anything political. No one I know can stand continuous political garbage spewing from people.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 17, 2014

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    When I read your posts...it makes me want to vommit.

  • nonPC Oct 17, 2014

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    gosh, You really know how to make something good go sour...your particular brand of pessimism makes folks want to just walk out into traffic...good grief man.

  • Plum Tuckered Oct 17, 2014

    Good job, young man!

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Oct 17, 2014

    When I see a great story like this, and then think of all those crazies who wanted to bring guns to the fair, it makes me angry.