It’s county fair time again
It happens every year about this time.
An abundance of cookies and breads are baked, clothing ensembles are chosen, photographs are enlarged and mounted and livestock are clipped and sheared.
All this, plus much more, is done in preparation for the Douglas County 4-H and FFA Free Fair, which runs July 28-Aug. 4 at the county fairgrounds located in the 2100 block of Harper Street in Lawrence.
"The fair is a chance for 4-Hers to showcase their projects and show their results of the 4-H year," Trudy Rice, county extension director, said.
4-H is a club open to all youth ages 7 to 19. Through a number of projects from which they can choose, 4-H members learn about responsibility and leadership, Rice said.
Every year, 4-Hers enter their completed projects in the fair to compete against other Douglas County members.
Projects range from foods and nutrition, horticulture and clothing to photography, woodworking and rocketry. Several members also choose to show livestock including swine, sheep and horses.
There are four 4-H clubs, Worden Workers, Palmyra, Vinland Valley and Pioneers, in the Baldwin area.
Pioneers club community leader LaDonna Wilson said this time of the year is busy for 4-H members.
"They're trying to finish their projects," Wilson said. "They're getting everything perfected and putting the finishing touches on projects. Right now it's the final push."
But the fair isn't just for 4-H members.
"The public is welcome to come and even exhibit," Rice said.
Anyone can enter an exhibit in the open class projects, she said. Projects including horticulture, foods and nutrition, fine arts and livestock all allow open class exhibits. There is no pre-registration required for open class.
For those who don't want to enter exhibits, Rice said there are several events to watch and participate in.
There will be several bands throughout the week of the fair. There will also be a demolition derby, an antique tractor pull, a pie baking contest, a pony pull and a horse show. Rice said another big attraction is the carnival, which runs Tuesday through Saturday of the fair week.
All entries, with the exception of livestock, will be judged by 10 a.m. Tuesday. Buildings will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
A complete listing of all events and times can be picked up at the county extension office at the fairgrounds.
Wilson said the fair is a good opportunity for everybody to have fun.
"There's a big array of things to look at and do," she said. "It's never the same every year."