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Finalize fair projects

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By Roberta Hunt

It’s hard to believe, but the Kentucky State Fair is right around the corner. This year’s Kentucky State Fair will take place August 15–25.

Washington County 4-Hers are working hard to finalize their projects for Kentucky State Fair competition. Anyone wishing to qualify horticulture projects and other categories listed in the summer edition of the 4-H newsletter for the state fair should bring them to the extension office on Friday, Aug. 9 between 8 a.m. and noon. 

Judging will take place and 4-H members can check in after school between 3-4:30 p.m. to see what projects qualified for the state fair.

Champion exhibits will be held over to go for state fair judging on Monday, Aug. 12 and all other exhibits can be picked up on the 9. For a listing of horticulture classes or for questions about the Aug. 9 judging, contact the Washington County Extension Office at 336-7741.

4-H projects already qualified for the KY State Fair are due to the extension office no later than Friday, Aug. 9 with the exception of the foods projects, which are due by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12 to the extension office.

If you go to the KY State Fair, don’t forget to check out Cloverville, the simulated town in the West Wing that houses all of the 4-H exhibits that members have worked on for the past year. Special competitions and exhibits will be held in Cloverville on various days of the fair. District 5 Day in Cloverville will be on Thursday, Aug. 22 and many Washington County members will be performing on stage in Cloverville that day.

The 4-H Country Ham Contest will be the first event that Washington Co. 4-H members will take part in and it will be the first day of the fair. Four Washington County members, Ben Taylor, Jerry Mann, Tyler Ashlock and Blake Arnold will compete in two areas. As junior age participants (9-13), the Washington County 4-H members will present a speech on the History of Country Ham and then the quality of their non-smoked cured hams will be judged. The two scores will be added together for a total score. The 700 plus 4-H members participating in the Country Ham project state-wide will be divided into classes according to the year they were born and whether their ham was non-smoked or smoke cured. Awards will be presented to the top participants in each category.  

Other shows and activities that Washington County 4-H members will be participating in will be the 4-H Rabbit Show on Aug. 16, Club Act performance by the 4-H Young Riders on Aug. 17 and the 4-H/FFA Swine Show on Aug. 21-22. We hope to see many familiar Washington County faces at the fair!

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