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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 17, 2014

Fair begins Sunday

By David Hotle | Jul 10, 2013
A few people helped to get the Washington County Fairgrounds ready for the fair next week, but much of the fairgrounds was vacant. That will not be the case after the fair begins.

Amy Green, 4-H Youth coordinator, remembers her time attending the Washington County Fair as a time she looked forward to every year while she was growing up.
She recalls seeing her friends and getting the opportunity to show the bucket bottle calves and some of the cows that she raised throughout the year. Participating in 4-H from 1990 to 2000, Green also remembers presenting plenty of communications projects. She said that the communications projects taught her skills
‘There are just lots of people all the time and it is fun to connect with them,” Green said. “I know the kids are always excited to come and meet with other 4-H’ers from around the county. It is a good time, if nothing else, just to get to visit with your neighbors, your community, and to see what the kids are doing.”
In addition to the traditional lineup of livestock shows, Green said there are some new attractions at the fair. She said from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, a teen dance will be held at the 4-H Hall. The dance is open to eighth- through 12th-graders. An event called “Little Hands on the Farm” is also new this year. It is based on the event of the same name at the Iowa State Fair. This year it will be held in the Round Barn from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Green said that it provides third grade and younger children the opportunity to see what kind of work is done on a farm.
Green said that the preliminary numbers for the livestock shows show some have grown, while most are consistent with the number of entries last year. The final check-in of livestock will be Monday morning.
“A lot of our other project areas, communications for instance, seem to have a few more kids involved this year,” she said. “We have kids getting involved with a wide variety of things.”
Green promises “something for everyone” at the fair this year. She said there are many different projects with creative ideas people may be able to apply to their own homes. She said the students always work hard with livestock.
This year’s events include:

Sunday, July 14
4 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA Dog Obedience
5 p.m. Check in poultry
5 p.m. Check in and weigh sheep
5:30 p.m. Check in and weigh meat and dairy goats
7 p.m. Washington County Queen Contest with style revue and senior recognition during intermission

Monday, July 15
8 a.m. Weigh and mark pigs
8:30 p.m. weigh market beef and carcass entries
11 a.m. weigh bucket-bottle calves
1 p.m. 4-H and FFA livestock judging contest
2 p.m. Fair scavenger hunt
3 p.m. Judging of 4-H and FFA goats
5 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA dog agility
5:30 p.m. Clover Kids “Great Gardeners Fest”

Tuesday, July 16
8 a.m. Judging 4-H and FFA lambs followed by Clover Kids sheep show
9 a.m. Judging 4-H and FFA horse and pony
9 a.m. Judging 4-H and FFA rabbits
Noon Judging 4-H and FFA horse and pony performance
Noon Pet projects interviews
1:30 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA pets
4 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA beef heifers
4-7 p.m. 4-H Shooting Sports archery booth
5 p.m. 4-H working exhibits
5:30 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA poultry
6 p.m. Clover Kids style review

Wednesday, July 17
TBA Rooster crowing contest
8 a.m. Judging 4-H and FFA swine
9:30 a.m. Kid’s Day activities
11 a.m. Clover Kids pet show
2 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA dairy cattle
3 p.m. 4-H Share the Fun
3:30 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA bucket-bottle calves
4-7 p.m. Little Hands on the Farm
6:30 p.m. Clover Kids graduation

Thursday, July 18
8 a.m. Judging 4-H and FFA market beef
12:30 p.m. Beef showmanship
2 p.m. Recognition 4-H carcass cattle (on hoof)
4-7 p.m. Little Hands on the Farm
4-7 p.m. 4-H Shooting Sports archery booth
5 p.m. Pride of Iowa
6 p.m. Iowa 4-H 2013 Hall of Fame presentations and presentation of State Fair plaques

Friday, July 19
6-8:30 a.m. Release of livestock
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. release of non-livestock exhibits
9 a.m. Livestock auction
Load out pigs
8 -10:30 p.m. Teen Dance

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