Monday, August 1, 2022

Milliron Monday: County Fair

Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010
Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography, including his wife Jody (1938-2021)

“Fair goers be like, 'Can I pet your horse?'.”
– local 4H competitor

It's August! Time to plan your trip to southeast Ohio's County Fairs! The Athens County Fair is August 5 - 13. Jody's favorite event was Friday night's harness race! 

Upon arriving in Ohio and beginning his new career with Dr. Bratton and Dr. Phillips, Pete was assigned as the Athens County Fair veterinarian, responsible for the entry of livestock, etc. Jody said he enjoyed it at first, but after several years, he was happy to hand this position to another veterinarian. The Smith kids were active in 4H, sometimes winning awards to advance to State competition. Here are photos from the Smith family archives...

Throughout their lifetime, Pete and Jody invested in several harness horses. They enjoyed watching their investments race at county fairs throughout Ohio. 

The Athens County Fair Harness Racing begins at 5:00 PM, Friday August 5th. Hope to see you there!


Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.


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