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State fair upcoming

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By Roberta Hunt

It’s almost time for the Kentucky State Fair!  This year’s fair dates are Aug. 20 -30.  Washington County 4-H members will certainly be spending a lot of time at the fair this year participating in animal and livestock shows as well as performing and exhibiting their 4-H projects in Cloverville.  The Kentucky 4-H Centennial will be a highlight of the fair and special exhibits and recognition of current and past 4-H champions will be scheduled throughout the fair.  On Thursday, Aug. 27, District 5 which includes Washington County will be showcased the entire day in Cloverville. Washington County 4-H members will perform and demonstrate their projects from 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. on Augu. 27 in Cloverville.  A smaller version of the Washington Co. 4-H Barn Quilt will be on display in Cloverville during the entire fair.  Washington County 4-Her’s will be showing and displaying their rabbits and poultry Thursday, Aug. 20– Sunday, Augu. 23. On Sunday, August 23, the 4-H Young Riders Club members will perform their club act in Cloverville. Washington County 4-H beef project members will be showing between Aug. 26t– Aug. 29.

In preparation for the State Fair, Washington County 4-H members should turn in their qualified projects on Thursday, Aug. 13 to the Extension Office with the exception of food and horticulture projects.  Food and horticulture projects are due on Monday, Aug. 17 between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.   For questions about 4-H participation at the Kentucky State Fair, contact the Washington County Extension office at 336-7741.

FORESTRY

Many Washington County fourth and fifth graders will soon be out collecting leaves to complete a leaf collection for their science class and 4-H school enrichment project.  This week, the information on preparing a leaf collection will be passed out at the elementary schools.  An evening workshop will be held for students and parents to attend for additional assistance on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Catharine College.  Participants should meet in the grassy area between Lourdes Hall and the main building and be prompt so the workshop can begin on time.  All youth should bring an old magazine, post it notes or scrap paper and a pen or pencil.  A resource book, “Kentucky Forest Trees, How to Know Them,” will be available at the workshop or from the etension office for $1.  

This week and throughout the month of September, 4-H enrollment forms and information pamphlets will be handed out to Washington Count youth to either join for the first time or to rejoin.  There is no charge to join 4-H, however special project clubs that meet outside of school time such as the 4-H Young Riders, 4-H Spurs & Furs, 4-H Hooves & Horns and 4-H Sharpshooters will have expenses attached to them. Anyone with questions can call the extension office at 336-7741.

SOUTHERN REG. HORSE SHOW

Three Washington County 4-H members traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas on July 31 to compete in the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show.  The Southern Regional 4-H Horse events are held for the top 4-H members each year from the south to not only compete in riding classes but also speeches, demonstrations and quiz bowl competitions.  Those competing from Washington County were Brittany Wells, Brandon Wells and Tyler Adams.  4-H member, Samantha Ross went to assist the riders.  Brittany Wells placed third in the Non-trotting Gelding Halter Class and sixth in the Walking Horse Pleasure Class.  Brandon Wells placed tenth in the Walking Horse Pleasure Class.  Tyler Adams made the finals in the Non-trotting Showmanship Class.