Diane Prather: Are you ready for the fair?
Prepping for county fairs is a fun time of the year, and there are always items needed for any 4-H and FAA participants.
Here are some of the following activities we do to get ready for competitions:
• purchasing display boards and lettering materials to finish required displays for General 4-H projects
• finishing record books
• 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!
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