4-H Fair and Frolic offers activities, workshops

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FARMINGTON – In anticipation of the coming fair season when 4-Hers show their livestock and fill exhibition halls with their projects, the 4-H Fair and Frolic will take place June 10 and 11 at the Farmington Fairgrounds.

The public is welcome to attend the event, which starts at 10 a.m. each day. Animal clubs will give demonstrations, and exhibits will be on display in the Starbird Building. Workshops will be offered every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and include how to make a piggy bank or beaded bookmark and a GPS workshop. Those new to 4-H with goats, sheep, swine, beef or dairy may want to attend the workshops on clipping, washing and showmanship.

4-H members will also have the opportunity to enter a poster contest. Posters will promote 4-H and may be made ahead of time or at the fair on Saturday. And anyone is welcome to enter the baking contest or photography contest. Bakers will choose a recipe listed in a brochure that can be found at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office. The office will also have photo guidelines. Entries should be dropped off Saturday, and judging for all contests will take place Sunday.

The annual 4-H auction will begin with a preview of items at 6 p.m. at the Starbird Building, and bidding will begin at 7 p.m. The event raises money to help pay for 4-H awards and trips. Items up for grabs include gift certificates to local businesses, baked items, handmade quilts, furniture and wood carvings.

The 4-H Frolic will be Sunday and will feature games and obstacle courses for 4-Hers.

The deadline to sign up for this year’s 4-H is June 1, but enrollment for the new year begins Oct. 1. Judy Smith with the Cooperative Extension said the fair is a “good time to get your children involved and see what 4-H is all about. If your child is interested in a particular group, they will be able to meet the members and leaders.”

And for anyone in the public who is curious, it’s a “chance to see what the kids actually do in 4-H,” Smith added.

For more information phone the Franklin County Cooperative Extension at 778-4650.

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