For many kids, summer is about relaxing and letting time float by, but not for those involved in 4-H.
For those kids, ranging in age from kindergarten to 19, summer is a busy time of year.
The Rock County Fair is set for July 23-26, so now is the time they’re putting the final touches on their fair projects, starting planning for fair competitions and their schedules start filling up with pre-fair activities.
This past week several local 4-H families shared what it’s like to prepare for the fair.
The Kurt and Lanette Elbers family includes 4-H members Whitney, Sean and Lanae.
This is the third year of 4-H for Whitney and Sean. Whitney has been working on photography, sewing and nutrition projects, along with her calf, Pickle.
Her brother Sean’s projects are shooting sports (he uses a .22 caliber rifle) food, nutrition and calf showmanship. His calf’s name is Red Neck.
Whitney and Sean have been spending their summer training their animals to walk (keeping their head held high) along with brushing them and keeping them clean.
Lanae is a Cloverbud. Her fair projects include sewing and cooking. Since Lanae is a Cloverbud she will present to a judging panel, which awards participation ribbons and offers advice to help participants improve. Competitive fair projects begin in the third grade.
Thea and Olivia Richards are also members of the Blue Ribbon 4- H Club.
Thea’s projects include photography, painting, drawing and writing a paper about current international issues — in her case women’s issues and horse showmanship.
She will enter 13-year-old quarter horse, Nipper, in horse showmanship.
This will be the second year Thea has entered Nipper. Last year they earned a trip to the Minnesota State Fair, and she said hopes to do so again.
Her sister, Olivia, is entering projects she made in industrial arts along with food and nutrition.
The fair projects of the Elbers and Richards families — along with dozens of other 4-H families — will be on display at the Rock County Fair July 23 - 26. Judging starts Wednesday.