Cattle, sheep, swine, and poultry are being groomed while baking and other projects are being completed for judging at the 4-H fair.
County 4-Hers are putting final touches on projects that include animals and displays as judging for the fair begins this week with the main fair being held next week.
The annual fair gives 4-H members a chance to display their projects not only for the judges but also for all attendees at the fair. Attendees may get to see farm animals up close as well as learn a bit about some of the projects 4-Hers have been working on for the past few months.
“The kids have taken a liking to the photography projects this year,” said 4-H coordinator Yolanda Nation. “There has been an increase in the number of Jr. Fair photography project entries.”
Overall the number of projects has been consistent, but the enrollment numbers have increased this year, according to Nation.
Judging begins Wednesday morning with clothing, child care, consumer education, interior design, photography, computer, scrapbooking, and filmmaking/video. Food demonstrations will be judged at 2 p.m. in the 4-H Center.
Dog care and dog obedience will be judged Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. in the show arena.
The main fair will kick off Monday, July 15, with a variety of projects judged at the 4-H Center, Produce Building, and Show Arena. Among the highlights are sheep, dairy, and goat judgings, which are open to the public, and the Horse and Pony show at the Horse Arena.
Other projects, such as Jr. Fair foods, Jr. Fair arts and crafts, woodworking, and electricity, will be judged in the 4-H Center and the Produce Building.
Monday evening will also feature the Cutest Farmer contest, Money in the Straw, and Pedal Tractor Pull for the youngest fairgoers ages 1-7. These activities are sponsored by the Shelby County Young Farmers. (For more information see “Young Farmers Hosting Children’s Activities during 4-H Fair” on page 2.)
Tuesday’s highlights include swine and rabbits judgings beginning at 8 a.m. 4-Hers will show off their clothing projects in the Fashion Revue at 6:30 p.m. in the 4-H Center. The Speed Horse Show will begin at 6 p.m. at the Horse Arena.
Projects such as 4-H foods, 4-H arts and crafts, horticulture, and crops will be judged in the 4-H Center and the Produce Building.
Beef judging will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Show Arena. Poultry will be judged at the Gillett Pavilion; and cats and small caged animals will be judged in the Produce Building.
Wednesday evening’s events will include the college scholarships awards at 6 p.m. and the livestock sale at 6:30 p.m.
“What we’ve got has pulled out a good crowd before. Hopefully we’ll have good weather and people will come out to the fair,” Nation said.
Fairgrounds are open for the public to visit from 8 a.m. through the evening hours.