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Non-livestock entries kick off 4-H Fair

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LEGO: Eli Metzger, right, earns a first place ribbon on Tuesday for his LEGO project at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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FOOD: Edible projects were also judged Tuesday at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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FARM: Winning displays from Tuesday’s judging will be on display at the Wabash County 4-H Fair for a week starting Friday, July 12.
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PARTS OF A PIG: Jess Norris, 10, awaits his project’s judging Tuesday at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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HORSE: Kinley Schul’s LEGO project was on display Tuesday at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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PROJECT: Maddox Elzy, 11, left, and Dean Elzy, 14, lift both ends of a project ready to be judged Tuesday at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.

by Rob Burgess - Rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

Before the animals were set arrive on Sunday at the Wabash County 4-H Fairgrounds, children with non-livestock entries lined up to be judged on Tuesday.

Angela Christopher, 4-H Extension educator for youth development and extension director, said these projects included food, sewing, LEGOs, photography, scrapbooking, arts and crafts, models and more.

“We have a whole variety,” she said.

Christopher said once the judging was completed, the entries would be placed on display from Friday, July 12, to Friday, July 19, at the Bob Elrod Building.

Friday, July 12 also represents the first official day of the Wabash County 4-H Fair.

Friday is Kids’ day, and in keeping with the new initiative of theme days, Friday is also Farmer/Western Wear Day.

The 4-H Horse and Pony Show and Mini 4-H Horse Showmanship is set to start at 10 a.m. in the Horse Arena.

From noon to 2 p.m. there will be a soap making event.

From 1 to 4 p.m. there will be an Animal-Grams Petting Zoo at the Barnyard Petting Farm in the Show Arena.

At 1 p.m., there will be Kiddie Tractor Pull in the Show Arena. Weigh-in begins at 12:30 p.m. and the tractor pull begins at 1 p.m.

At 3 p.m., the Mini 4-H King and Queen Contest will take place at the Show Arena.

From 3 to 5 p.m. “Queen Elsa” from the Disney movie “Frozen” will pay a visit.

From 4 to 5 p.m. fair attendees will have a chance to meet the 4-H Queen and Court.

Christopher also said the Parkview Samaritan is also scheduled to make a landing on Friday.

Christopher said they have been preparing for animals’ arrival this weekend, and the high temperatures which have been a staple of this summer.

“We always definitely monitor that,” she said. “We’ve given the kids some directions on how often they should water their animals. How to keep their animals cool. What they can do to make sure that they’re being as comfortable as possible. And then we carefully monitor it. Especially for things like as the horse show. And if that gets to be too much of a concern then that might back off to the evening or something like that.”

Christopher said that though they were taking special precautions this summer, the heat was nothing new for them.

“We are well used to that and so we just have information that we share along with our kids and it’s part of teaching the kids good animal ethics and how to properly maintain livestock and be good livestock producers,” she said.

Christopher said non-livestock project winners will go to State Fair in August. For the animal divisions, anyone who wants to register is allowed to do so.