Ride along with author Roger Peach, as he transforms from “city boy” to “fair hand” while working on a dairy farm in Pinckneyville, Illinois. Peach shares an engaging, behind-the-scenes look at county fair show life while working for Frank and Gilbert Bigham. A rustic read that combines a collection soulful stories and photographs with raw truths of what it took to survive life as a swamper in the late 1960s and early 1970s. These tales are not for the faint of heart, but will perhaps provide some nostalgia for rambunctious days of youth past.
"I too lived the life of a swamper, just as Swamper Tales author Roger Peach did, those many years ago. I knew many of the people in the book and worked beside them just as he did. His book is an accurate description of those adventures told in a friendly and humorous fashion. I recommend this book highly for anyone interested dairy cattle, county fairs or nostalgic for a pleasant trip down memory lane."
- Bruce Brinkerhoff
“A gripping story of the dairy cattle show circuit during the late 60s and early 70s, Author Peach draws in the reader with a vivid and homespun storytelling style that make his memories of events and characters of the dairy show circuit dance off the pages and tickle the readers’ mind. Even the lactose intolerant will enjoy this fun read.”
- Ed Rahe
From the book:
An unskilled worker who assists a skilled, experienced, cattle herdsman or owner. Swampers perform menial, thankless tasks of the lowest order, which require a strong back and often an even stronger stomach."