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4-H is big part of county fair

DETROIT LAKES - Becker County Fair will be starting on Wednesday, July 23, and the 4-H events will be a big part of it.

The events will start off with a 4-H and FFA Poultry and Rabbit Show beginning at 9 a.m.

Kids past third grade will have an interview with judges to talk about what they learned. Winners will take a trip to the state fair.

In the afternoon, there will be a non-livestock show. Kids will be able to share, make or do.

Kids can join 4-H as a club or individually.

"There is a lot of learning going on," said Sharon Smith, who runs the 4-H Extension service in Detroit Lakes. "It's a opportunity for kids to share what they have learned."

Whether a child's interest is in animals or painting, there is a community club for anything and everything. And if you're not sure what category your hobby is under, there is always "self-determined."

4-H is open to anyone from kindergarten and up. Kindergarten through second grade (third grade is optional) is known as Clover Buds.

"Clover Buds is not a competition for a place, they're there to learn," Smith said.

On the Thursday of the fair, a Lamb Lead, Sheep Show, and Market Goat Show will take place, all beginning at 8 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m. there will be a Swine Show and at 1 p.m., the Beef Show. All three events will be held in the Amanda Foltz Arena.

On Friday, July 25, the Amanda Foltz Arena will host the Horse Show, Dairy Goat Judging, Dairy Show, and a Day Camp.

The Day Camp will start at 1 p.m. and go until 4 p.m. on the county fair grounds.

"Kids in grades one through four will have a chance to taste a little bit of 4-H," Smith said.

The Day Camp will feature a scavenger hunt, games, and crafts. Parents are welcome to come, but whether or not parents choose to attend, all participants simply have to fill out a form.

On Saturday, July 26, the 4-H clubs feature a Market Auction Bidders Breakfast, Round Robin Showmanship Contest, Livestock Auction, the Fashion Revue, Horse Fun Show, Day Camp, and a Livestock Show N Tell.

A new arena this year is the "Learn by Doing," a chance for people to get a "Taste of 4-H."

At the arena there will be a Flight Simulator where anyone can fly the plane for five minutes to learn about aerospace technology.

People will also be able to learn about Lego robots, how a global positioning system (GPS) works and how to use one.

The 4-H contestants of the Horse or Dog Show that win at the Becker County Fair will be able to compete in the State Fair.

Each year they are allowed a certain number of people. Last year, Becker County was able to send seven participants. At the State Fair, kids grade four and up will compete against many others from around the state.

So come on down to cheer on the contestants -- you might even learn something new.