Fair closes for Baldwin-area 4-H’ers
When the 4-H livestock auction ended Sunday evening, it was the end of the 2005 Douglas County Fair and the end of 4-H for several Baldwin City area members.
This year saw longtime members like Kalli Keen and Katie Krysztof spend their last days as 4-H'ers.
"This fair was a lot of fun," Krysztof said. "It was my last fair. It was a little emotional, but it was fun. I will definitely miss it."
Keen also experienced the emotional side of leaving the fair.
"The fair was awesome," Keen said. "It was really hot, but it was one of the best fairs ever, probably because it was my last one. I cried after the sale, but then I walked back in and sucked it up."
Many Baldwin area 4-H'ers walked away with several awards and ribbons at the fair. Keen was once again named Junior Grand Champion for the Holstein dairy show.
John Brown, Palmyra 4-H club, won several awards in the cooking, food preservation and swine contests. Brown received four purple ribbons for four cakes he entered and five purples for his five canning entries. Brown also had a market hog win grand champion at the fair.
"It was a lot of fun this year," Brown said. "I had a lot of success in my projects."
A purple ribbon is higher than first place, but not a grand champion or reserve champion. A blue ribbon signifies first place.
Krysztof also had some success with her entries. She received two purples and one blue ribbon for her food entries.
The past two years Krysztof has won the Rate of Gain for her steer, but this year her sister, Michaela Krysztof, won the award. Michaela's steer gained an average of 3.6 pounds per day to help her win.
When the 4-H'ers are not showing at an event, many of them walk around and watch their friends or fellow competitors in other events.
"It's always fun to watch friends not only from your club, but friends you meet from other clubs," Krysztof said.
Brown enjoys watching other people to see what kind of ideas they came up with for their entries.
"I like to see everybody else's projects and see what they are working on," Brown said. "I like to see what ideas other people have and I get some ideas that way."
Keen went to several events or shows, but she knows she has a responsibility to watch her cattle.
"I mostly stayed in the barn the whole time with my animals," Keen said. "With being in 4-H and having animals, you have to be there to take care of them."
Many 4-H'ers capped off this year's fair at the demolition derby Friday night and then at the livestock auction Sunday.