Excellent family story, well-written, solid characterizations, good plot, sturdy values. Toby, aged 12, his delightful small brother and sister, his happy parents, hard-working farm people, manage to have time for fun and dreams. The whole family goes to the county fair to enter the various contests. Toby has patiently trained his pony, Windy Foot, for the great race, and at the Fair he meets Tish and her father, who help him to face the villain of the piece, Lem, his opponent in the race, who is determined to win at any cost. He tangles with Toby, who gets the worst of the fight after the Burnhams and their friend teach him a bit about boxing. The race is won and good friends made. Excellent sporting values underplay competitiveness and highlight the joy of sports.