By Lindsay Owens
Washington Times Herald
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.
Tuesday will be the alpaca and llama show at 9 a.m. “This is a relatively new project for our county but we have quite of few who participate,” said Beard.
The cat show will also be Tuesday at 11 a.m. followed by the swine show at 7 p.m. “The exhibit building will also be open all day Tuesday and Wednesday.”
Wednesday’s activities kick off with rabbit judging at 9 a.m. Dairy cattle judging will start at 1 p.m. followed by beef judging at 7 p.m.
Thursday all non-livestock projects will be released beginning at 7:30 a.m. Judging for goats will be at 7 p.m.
Friday will be the dog show in the exhibit building and the Mini 4-H dog show at 9 a.m. The round robin showmanship contest for livestock will start at 1 p.m. followed by the 10 year 4-H member presentations at 6:15 p.m. and the livestock auction at 7 p.m.
This year Beard said 14 10-year 4-H’ers will be honored during the final night of the fair. Rachel Chattin, Hilary Fields, Nick Fisher, Myia Hart, Ellie Jarrett, Andra Lane, Jenna McCracken, Kayla Mercer, Lane Miller, Jorrin Nolan, Miranda Ryan, Hannah Smith, Emilee Wesner and Cari Jo Wilson will be participating in their final year of 4-H.