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July 9, 2013

Local 4-H Fair begins July 19

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Reagan Edward Newell, 11, of Bonnie will show his dog, Milo, in an obedience competition and will also complete woodworking and art projects. He said 4-H is a very worthwhile activity.

“I think it really gives me something to do over the summer so you're not just sitting around,” Newell said.

This will be Blake Kiselewski's last year in 4-H. The 19-year-old will compete in the sheep, cattle and goat shows. He said he has especially enjoyed serving as a mentor for younger 4-H members, teaching them how to shear and show their sheep.

“I've learned a lot through the years and I hope I've been teaching the younger kids,” said Kiselewski, a Woodlawn resident. “This is my last Jefferson County Fair as a 4-H-er, but I'll still come back and help everybody.”

One of the more challenging competitions is the master showmanship contest where members have to show a cow, a pig, and a sheep, Carla Chesnek said.

“It really stretches their showmanship skills to do three different animals,” she said.

The horse shows are also quite difficult, particularly the trail class competition where members have to maneuver their horse through different obstacles, Chesnek said

All in all, though, the main objective of the 4-H Fair is for kids to have fun.

“Just coming out and having a good time and having the kids compete in the different project areas,” Chesnek said. “These kids get really attached to the animals.”

For more information or to obtain a complete fair schedule, contact the fair office at 242-0780.

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