From Pipi’s Pasture: Getting ready for the fair
July 10, 2015
What's going on at Pipi's Pasture this next week isn't happening right here. Even though our granddaughter, Megan (Prather), doesn't live here, we're getting ready to give her our support when she competes in the Park County Fair at Fairplay, Colorado. We have been there at the fair in previous years to watch her exhibit her animals and other 4-H projects, though.
This year, Megan will show her market steer, market hogs, market sheep and some breeding sheep, as well. Before the show date she will compete in Shooting Sports and bake and decorate a cake — and maybe more. We wish her well because Megan is nearly at the end of her 4-H career.
The Park County Fair is one of the earlier county fairs in Colorado. It marks the beginning of the fair season. The Moffat County Fair events will begin with 4-H Completion Day on July 28, with the fair itself on Aug. 4 to 8.
So, wherever there are county fairs, you can find 4-H and FFA members and open class exhibitors of all ages involved in some of the following activities, getting ready for competitions:
• purchasing display boards and lettering materials to finish required displays for General 4-H projects
• finishing record books
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• putting finishing touches on sewing garments for the 4-H Dress Revue
• practicing for the FFA Tractor Driving Contest
• running dogs through obedience practices to prepare for the 4-H Dog Show
• framing photos for photography competition
• choosing crafts, needlework, photos and artwork to be entered in open class pavilion competitions
• clipping and grooming beef animals and blocking sheep
• making decisions about costumes for the Cowboy Baby Contest
• working with livestock so the animals will be on their best behavior in the show ring
• practicing for the 4-H and open horse shows
• getting banners and fair and attendant attire ready for a busy fair
• choosing a LEGO masterpiece to enter in craft competition
• practicing for the final Shooting Sports Contest
• pulling out the best jars of home-canned produce, set aside earlier in the year, polishing up the jars and adding required labels
• canning jellies and jams for the fair
• keeping watch over the garden, in hopes that zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, peas and other produce matures in time for the fair
• hoping that flowers won't get ruined by hail or eaten by bugs and deer so that blossoms can be entered in the flower division at the fair
• searching yard sales and thrift shops for just the right container for making a unique flower arrangement for competition
Perhaps the best part of county fair competition is anticipation of what's to come!