Sheila G. Kelley The Elbert County fair will be July 31 to Aug. 8. Seems like quite a ways off, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s only 114 days until …
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Sheila G. Kelley
The Elbert County fair will be July 31 to Aug. 8. Seems like
quite a ways off, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s only 114 days until
fair time. What does it take to get 4-H ready for the fair?
Every county office is different in when they start getting
ready for their upcoming fair. Here in Elbert County, we’ve been
busy for the past couple of months already preparing for the
Judges, weigh-ins, awards, buckles, notebooks and lots of
copying have been going on in the offices in preparation for the
big week. We have to secure 56 judges each year — 19 for animal
projects; 26 for general projects and 11 for open class
competition. Most of these qualified individuals are from here in
Colorado but some do come from out of state.
Another big effort in preparing for competitions are the
champion, grand and reserve grand champion buckles and awards. For
many of the grand and reserve grand champion animal projects,
individualized, engraved belt buckles are awarded. These are funded
by local people donating to sponsor over 90 belt buckles. Many
thanks go to those sponsors, especially in the economic climate
The Elbert County Youth Council determines what the award will
be for the champions for the general projects and animal
showmanship contests. Last year an embroidered sweatshirt was
awarded. Other items have included a camp chair, engraved silver
photo album, tote bag and more. Again, these awards are sponsored
by community people wishing to support the 4-H program. Thank you
to the 110 sponsors for these also.
In an animal project, members develop a feeding and management
plan to determine the rate of gain of their animal throughout the
length of the project. To help them get started, we have an initial
spring weigh-in where all the animals in the project are weighed on
the same annually certified scale for consistency purposes. This
weight allows the member to plan their feeding plan to reach a
desired final weight. The beef weigh-in was held last month with
the swine, sheep and turkey banding scheduled for mid-June.
We were very fortunate to receive a sizeable donation of new
three-ring binders from the Raytheon company located in Denver.
These books will allow us to set up a new record keeping system for
our fair entries for each project. Thank you to them for their
continued support of the 4-H program.
We’re gearing up for the fair. Remember, it’s only a few months
away. If you would like to volunteer at the fair or at either
Extension Office prior to the fair, please contact either Elbert
County Extension office at 303-621-3162 or 719-541-2361. 4-H is a
cooperative effort between CSU Extension and Elbert County.
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