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State fair time in Kentucky

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By Roberta Hunt

A great way to complete your summer is with a family trip to the Kentucky State Fair.

This year’s state fair will run Aug. 14–24.  Registration for many of the events and activities are due in July or early August.  Washington County 4-H members have one final opportunity to qualify exhibits for the fair on Friday, Aug. 8.

Youth completing horticulture, food preservation and other open classes will have the opportunity to bring their exhibits to the extension office beginning at 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 8.  Judging will take place and results will be available beginning at 1 p.m. that day.  For class listings, contact the Washington County Extension Office.

As state fair attendees enter the West Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville starting on Aug. 14, they are going to notice something new. Due to donations from local 4-H programs, businesses and individuals across Kentucky, 4-H will have a new Cloverville.

Cloverville is an annual attraction at the Kentucky State Fair. The new Cloverville is replacing the old structure, which was 40 years old and unable to accommodate the increasing number of 4-H entries. The new Cloverville will maintain the original’s small-town feel with six storefronts, an information center and stage. 4-H officials will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new structure on Aug. 15.

Cloverville offers 4-H’ers opportunities to showcase their abilities and compete for statewide ribbons and awards. Fair visitors get to see examples of 4-H projects and our young people’s work ethic. Some of these projects took 4-H’ers weeks, months and, sometimes, an entire year to complete. Projects display skills in areas as diverse as science, the home and arts and crafts.  Washington County 4-H members will have projects ranging from foods to woodworking, sewing, decorated cakes, crafts and photography displayed in Cloverville.

In addition to project exhibits, 4-H’ers will showcase their talents during the extension districts’ Talent Highlight Days and during Expressive Arts Day. Washington County 4-H members will participate in the District 5 day, which will be Thursday, Aug. 21.

Make plans to visit the Kentucky State Fair and see the new Cloverville firsthand Aug. 14-24.

Next week, watch for results from the Kentucky State 4-H Horse Show.

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