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4-H Youth Fair is this weekend

by Heidi Alder

Youths will strut their animal’s stuff this weekend at the annual Douglas County 4-H Youth Fair.

Aug. 12 and 13 will be the setting up and showing of the static exhibits at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville, Lena Johnstone said.

The exhibits include educational displays, clothing, foods, leathercraft and crafts.

Johnstone is the secretary at the Nevada Cooperative Extension office, and helped to organize the fair along with 14 other chairpersons. Steve Lewis is the head chairman.

There are three age groups that compete to go on to the state level, if they win a blue ribbon.

Juniors are nine and 10 year-olds; intermediates are 11-13; and seniors are 14-19 years old.

Clover buds are children ages eight and under, and may compete in the fair, but do not go on to the Nevada 4-H Exposition in September, Johstone said.

“There will be about 60 participants,” Johnstone said. “Kids have to pre-qualify to go to Winnemucca for the State Expo.”

Friday and Saturday will be the rabbit show, dairy goat show, Western and English horse shows, market animal weigh-in, dog show and livestock show, Johnstone said.

First and second place winners from each showmanship class will then compete for the title of Master Showman on Saturday night, Johnstone said.

Competition on Sunday will be the shooting sports.

The event is free to the public.

“Superior Lube and Car Wash ticket sales will pay for the awards and ribbons,” Johnstone said.

The youth must show their animals in at least one 4-H show, to finish the program for the year, Johnstone said.

“It’s a good opportunity for people to bring their kids and see what it’s all about,” Johnstone said.

Many are practicing showing their animals so they can sell them at the Nevada State Fair held Aug. 25-29.

The show will run from 4:30-9 p.m. on Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. at the range on Sunday.

For more information, call 782-9960.