National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) Membership and Stakeholder Relations Manager Stephen McDow wrangles giant teathered beachballs during the Co-op Festival in Washington, D.C., on October 1, 2017. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is one of the event’s partners. The family-oriented event was held on the National Mall across from the USDA headquarters and the Smithsonian Castle. Broad ranges of cooperatives were represented, such as name brand rural and suburban-based hardware stores and food producers of juices and dairy products; financial, housing, and service entities; and business development. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.