Kids in 4-H programs across the Valley have prepared for this week all year. Tuesday was check-in day for animals at the 167th Canfield Fair.
Hundreds of animals, from turtles to cattle, were ushered into the barns and stalls at the fairgrounds, and the kids that took care of the animals all year are hard at work.
“We come up in the morning and start cleaning the pens. They have to be clean and fed. All the animals need to be fed by 8 a.m.,” said Addison Richards of Canfield.
Close to 700 kids will take part in the Junior Fair. Kylie Dean of Beloit will be showing her rabbits and chickens this year.
“I like to show everything, because I like to more well-rounded than just knowing about one type of project,” said Dean.
This is the first time Abigail Gay, 10, of Berlin Center is showing an animal. She is showing two lambs and is excited about the start of her 4-H “career.”
“I wanted to be responsible to take care of an animal for once, and I like farm animals,” said Gay.
More experienced 4-H members such as Logan Frantz offers some advice for first timers. He said the key is to just stay calm.
“When you go into show ring, keep your eyes on the judge,” said Frantz. “Don’t get really nervous because the judge will see that.”
As part of the Junior Fair, a livestock sale will be held. Market beef, hogs, goats, and lambs can be purchased from Junior Fair participants and donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
“That doubles the power of your spending money because the child receives the money,” said Doug Martig, with the livestock committee. “The community receives the meat, and it benefits two organizations.
Auction times are posted on the Canfield Fair website. Junior fair participants will start showing their animals on Thursday.