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Prepping for another county fair

Andrew Napier won an award for quickly fattening up his 1,292-pound steer, Bud, at last year’s fair.
Andrew Napier won an award for quickly fattening up his 1,292-pound steer, Bud, at last year’s fair. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The Del Norte 4-H column appears every four weeks. Today’s column is written by Christine Jones and Valerie Machado. 

This year marks the 120th anniversary of the Del Norte County Fair, and local 4-H members are already getting ready!

Have you ever walked through all the buildings during the four days of our fair? Entries include baked goods, sewn items, original poems, photographs, canned foods, one-of-a-kind displays and much more.

Our 4-H members are already hard at work planning, designing and for some of the entries, beginning the work that will be displayed in August.

The skills that members use to create these high-quality items will be used in their futures as community members: dedication to a project, care and understanding in the process of creating and pride in a job well done. And many of the things they learn, from making and preserving food to sewing clothes, can be applied as useful skills for the rest of their lives.

Many of our 4-H members are raising animals this year. It may be wet and soggy outside, but that doesn’t stop a dedicated 4-H kid! Morning and night, those with animals to care for are slogging across wet ground to care for the animal that they will show at this year’s fair.

Whether it be a steer that already weighs hundreds of pounds, or a laying hen that has just hatched and still has her downy feathers, the members that currently own these animals are hard at work raising them up to be the best representation of their species.

The 4-Hers that raise the market animal, egg-laying poultry, or dairy goat or cow can truly appreciate the effort, energy and expense that go into the production of a healthy product.

And of course, there is always representations of good pets at our fair. Horses, dogs, pygmy goats, rabbits, cavies and others are kept and cared for 365 days a year by hard-working 4-H kids and their families.

There are many activities and events going on this time of year. Earlier this month several youths from Giddy Up N Goat, Pine Grove and Wild River 4-H clubs attended rabbit shows in Myrtle Point, Ore.

Several rabbits belonging to our 4-H members received Best of Breed awards. Maggie Heilweck’s Californian won Best of Breed at Show A and Taylor Jones’ Lilac and Himalayan rabbits won Best of Breed at Shows A and B. Everyone had a good time.

Youth and leaders from Pine Grove and Wild River 4-H clubs attended the Northcoast Youth Summit at College of the Redwoods in Eureka. We listened to inspirational keynote speakers and attended a variety of workshops.

Future events and activities include: Sectional Presentation Day, Rabbit and Cavy shows in Grants Pass, our annual Easter Egg Hunt, Fashion Review and Oregon State Rabbit and Cavy Convention.

The 4-H Club teaches children responsibility, life skills, compassion and much more.

If you would like to get your child involved in 4-H, contact our local office at 464-4711. Like us on facebook: Del Norte 4-H.

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