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July 5, 2013

4-H fair kicks off next week

WASHINGTON — The Daviess County 4-H Fair will kick off its events Wednesday at the 4-H grounds located in Eastside Park.

“This year we have 376 young people involved in Daviess County 4-H as well as over 180 volunteers. Our Mini 4-H program for kindergarten through second grade students is also pretty sizable,” said Jane Ann Beard, 4-H Youth Development and extension educator for Daviess County.

Events will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, with the dog agility competition. This competition will be held outside on the fair grounds. It is recommended that those wishing to watch bring their lawn chairs.

Those 4-H’ers taking consumer clothing and sewing will take part in judging and the fashion review Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Antioch Christian Church. Following the presentation of the fashion review and awards, the public speaking judging and a demonstration activity will take place.

All non-perishable projects will be checked in Friday with community judging for photography taking place from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday. The exhibit building will open to the public on Sunday at 7 p.m.

“Photography is probably one of our most popular projects. Crafts are pretty popular too,” said Beard.

Perishable projects will be judged on Monday, July 15,  with community judging for flowers, foods, garden and cake decorating beginning at 9 a.m.

Monday also starts the livestock shows. “We have several participants in the livestock  programs,” said Beard. “It used to be that we had more participation from young people  who lived on farms, but now we see the gap between participation of rural kids and kids who live in town closing.”

Poultry judging will begin at 2 p.m. followed by the sheep show at and Mini 4-H sheep show at 7 p.m.

The exhibit building will also be open from 7 p.m until 9:30 p.m. Monday.

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