(Shaun Friedrichsen, Publisher)
With another county fair in the books, those who participate in 4-H are eagerly preparing for the 2017 Jefferson County Fair.
Darci Pesek, Extension Educator, explained that this year’s participation was solid, and she was pleased with the outcome.
“With the 4-H portion it went really, really well,” said Pesek. “It helped that we had really nice weather so the animals weren’t as stressed and all the people seemed to be in a better mood, because it wasn’t so hot, and they weren’t quite so hot and tired. So, that went really well.”
Pesek noted that the fashion show had a really high turnout, which she believes is important because of the amount of support it shows for the young people involved. The number of participants in the 4-H exhibits was roughly the same as the previous year.
“Our numbers were fairly steady,” Pesek said. “I think we had some exhibits that were down. For sure, in ag engineering and in science and technology, our numbers were way down. But, some of the other areas were up a little bit. So it just kind of flows every year, it changes a bit.”
One of the exhibits that saw an increase in the numbers was cattle, Pesek stated. She believes that is a good indicator that the future of cattle exhibits is strong. She noted that the Plymouth Clover Leaf 4-H Club sponsored new banners in the livestock facilities.
“People really liked the new banners that we had above the livestock that were the champion awards,” said Pesek. “People really commented on how nice they looked. We even had some kids offering to buy them because they wanted to take them home. That was obviously a hit! I think it all went over really well.”
A number of participants will go on to show at the Nebraska State Fair. The Jefferson County Extension Office compiled the results from each of the 4-H shows, and they can be found here. Photos from each of the shows can be found under the features tab of Fairbury News Now.
Pesek stated that they are working to improve the 4-H shows at the fair and are reviewing comments and suggestions received throughout the fair to make it an even better experience. Pesek is looking forward to the fair next year, and she hopes it will be as large of a success as it was this year.