FARMINGTON – Displays, exhibits and animal demonstrations are planned for this weekend’s Franklin County 4-H Fair on Saturday and Sunday at Farmington Fairgrounds. The public is welcome and admission is free.

The two days, packed with activities, also provide an opportunity for all 4-H members to get together and see what projects others are doing, said Judy Smith from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Franklin County office.

Large and small animal demonstrations, clinics and shows involving dairy, beef, working steers, horses, sheep, goats and poultry are planned throughout the two days. Alpacas will be on display from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday in the Worthley Arena.

The Young Farmers swine group will host some educational games for their group at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Several craft workshops will also take place Saturday in the Starbird Building. All children ages 5-8 must be accompanied by an adult to participate, she said.

Contests are planned including a bake-off contest featuring a cowboy biscuit recipe available at the Extension office before the fair. Entries will be accepted until noon Saturday.

Other contests include a hat decorating contest and a photography contest, which are also open to the public. Entries must be in by 10 a.m. Saturday in the Starbird Building.

An animal costume parade is planned for 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Worthley arena.

The 11th annual 4-H auction takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Starbird Building. This is the only fundraiser for the 4-H program in Franklin County.

Funds are used to provide awards and scholarships for local 4-H members, she said. A number of items have been donated and a preview is planned at 6 p.m.

The fairgrounds open at 9 a.m. both days with an opening ceremony planned for 10 a.m. Saturday. The fair ends around 3 p.m. Sunday, she said.

For more information on the fair or contests, contact Smith at the Franklin County Extension Office at 778-4650 or 1-800-287-1478.

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