Shelbyville Daily Union

July 15, 2010

Projects, Activities for All Slated at 4-H Fair

VALORIE EVERSOLE - Daily Union Staff Writer
Daily Union

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — The Shelby County 2010 4-H fair season is underway as the first judgings were held Wednesday.

Although the official Fair week doesn’t start until Monday, some of the projects are judged early.

“There’s a lot of fun things to come out and enjoy,” said Jim Looft, Shelby County Extension Office director.

4-H Dog Care and Dog Obedience will be judged Saturday, July 17, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Show Arena.

Rabbit market pens and market lambs will be weighed in on Sunday evening. Weigh-ins for   swine will be at 7 a.m. Monday, and Market and Dairy Beef will be at 9 a.m. Monday.

Monday kicks off the first full day of projects and livestock judgings. Sheep, dairy cattle, and goats are slated for the day’s judging.

Floral arranging, bicycle, and horse and pony show will be judged Monday afternoon. A rocket launch be held in the north field at 12:30 p.m.

The annual Cutest Farmer, Money in the Straw, and Pedal Tractor Pull will be open to the youngest fairgoers. These events are sponsored each year by the Shelby County Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee

“These are fun events for kids ages 1 to 7 to come out and be part of the fair,” said Farm Bureau manager Amy Rochkes.

Tuesday’s events feature judging of the horticulture, visual arts, foods, rabbits, swine.

The tractor driving contest contest will begin at 3 p.m. in the field north of the fairgrounds.

The Dog Obedience and Agility Show will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Show Arena. The Speed Horse Show will begin at 6 p.m. in the Horse Arena, and the Style Show will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the 4-H Center.

An Antique Tractor and Implement Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the fair grounds.

The weekly Farmer’s Market will also be set up near the Cook Shack from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s judging include the beef, poultry, cats, and small caged animals.

The master showmanship contest begins at 1 p.m. All animal showmanship class winners will test their ability to show their animals to be named the top showman.

A Natural Resources safety exhibition will also be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the north field.

“The air rifle club will give a demonstration on the safe handling of firearms,” Looft said.

College scholarships will be awarded 6 p.m. with the sale of livestock beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Also slated for Wednesday evening is the team penning at the horse arena.

4-Hers and fairgoers can also test themselves with a variety of fun activities in the Exhibition Building beginning at 10 a.m. each day of the fair.

“We try to do things to keep kids busy while they are waiting to be judged. There’s a lot of down time at the fair,” said Extension worker Mary Beth Massey.

Just like all good fairs there will be plenty of food available. The  HCE cook shack offers breakfasts and ala carte items as well as lunch and supper plate specials Monday through Wednesday.