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Washington County Fair a success

Jul 24, 2017



Washington 4-H Youth director Amy Green said today that despite the hot temperatures that plagued the Washington County Fair last week, the fair had a great week.

Green reported that the fair had wonderful attendance and, despite the heat index topping 100 degrees during fair week, there had been no injuries and no loss of livestock due to the weather. She said there had been a couple of bouts of rain that had come out of nowhere that impacted some of the fairboard events in the grandstands, but nothing that impacted the 4-H contests during the day.

“Everything went really well and the kids did a great job taking care of the animals in the heat,” Green said.

Green said, while it was not limited to the 2017 fair, she enjoys seeing multiple generations getting involved in the fair. She said every year a new group of fourth grade 4-Hers start and many are continuing the 4-H tradition in their families and Green said she likes to see the grandparents and the parents working together to achieve success.

The dairy show, held Wednesday afternoon, which is one of the smaller shows in the fair, was one of the highlights, Green said. She said this year an alumni dairy show was included, which allowed former 4-H members to show dairy cows. She said 13 alumni members of 4-H showed during the event, ranging in age from “very young to some more senior” competitors.

“It was so much fun having them in the ring,” Green said. “It was a really fun time.”

Green said she hasn’t had the chance to compate the numbers of competitors and visitors from this year to previous years. While said the fair was well attended, the numbers haven’t been finalized. She expects to do that sometime soon.

Again this year, “Little Hands on the Farm” was successful, Green reported. She said the times for the children’s events had changed a bit from last year, but it didn’t seem to impact attendance for the event.

“They had some fun new activities,” she said. “That is always a very popular spot for visitors.”

She said the fair board will further discuss the fair and begin planning for the 2018 event.

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