County fair upcoming

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By Roberta Hunt

Many Washington County High School graduates have begun the next step in their education, starting classes at colleges, universities  and technological schools this month.  Two Washington County grads that have been 10-year 4-H members were recognized for their achievements at the Kentucky State Fair in Cloverville.  Brandon Wells received his Gold Honors award this year and was featured in the 4-H honors section.  To receive this award, a 4-H member must go above and beyond their regular 4-H participation, creating new programs and activities and community service projects. Brandon was recognized for his work with the Toys for Tots Trail Ride and the March of Dimes fundraiser conducted at the 4-H Young Riders’ Fun Show in 2010.
Brandon was also one of two Kentucky 4-H members to receive the Kentucky Horse Council Scholarship this year and was also a recipient of the Dorrin and Ruth Ross Scholarship.  He is the son of Billy and Tana Wells.
Charlotte Campbell was featured in Cloverville because of her tenure on the Kentucky 4-H Teen Council.  The Kentucky 4-H Teen Council is the primary planner for the State 4-H Teen Conference held on the University of Kentucky campus each summer for high school students.  Charlotte also taught workshops at 4-H Teen Summit, a leadership conference for middle school students held each year at the Kentucky Leadership Center. Charlotte will now be serving as the program assistant to the State 4-H Teen Council in 2012.  She is the daughter of Phillip and Erika Campbell.
Although we don’t have an official fairgrounds, Washington County does hold 4-H fair activities and everyone in Washington County is invited to participate.  The next fair event coming up is the County Fair Horse Show that is conducted by the 4-H Young Riders and sponsored by many of the community and area businesses.  
The horse show is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 with the rain date on Sept. 17 and will begin at 4 p.m. at Willisburg Community Park.  Show bills are available from the extension office and from club members.  There are classes for just about everyone, so come out and enjoy the day.  Door prizes will be drawn for throughout the day and food will be provided by the WillisburgLions Club.  Hope to see you there!
During the Harvest Festival coming up Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2, there will be many county fair activities held at the Sr. Citizen’s Building on Cross Main.  Regular fair exhibit classes along with new activities such as an egg show and doll show and traditional activities such as the toy tractor show, best farm art and ugly lamp contestsare all a part of the weekend.  Fair books with rules, dates and times are available at several area businesses including the extension office.  
The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Cake Decorating Contest on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the extension office.  Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.  
There are classes for professionals and amateurs for cakes and cupcakes.  Teams consist of two with one being a youth.  Contact Tammy Osbourne at the Chamber of Commerce office for complete details.