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Fun at the Fair: How Did You Do?

By Alison Rogers


Tags: question to readers, county fair, state fair,

 

County Fair

Ah, September. The Kansas State Fair is coming up soon, and I fondly remember my days as a 4-Her, (im)patiently waiting for the judges to tie their ribbons on my entries. Red? Blue? Purple? Champion? Grand Champion? Oh please, oh please. 

How did you fare at the county or state fair this year? Tell us about your projects. If you’re still awaiting yours, what do you plan to enter?

Photo by iStockphoto/Jan Tyler

randy schnose
9/3/2009 12:08:52 PM

My wife and I brew our own beer and we took home a first place ribbon, a second place ribbon, a judge's choice and a Grand Champion at the county fair here in CO. We were very pleased! Now to go try some of that award winning beer...


karen schoening
9/2/2009 10:59:22 AM

My 10-year-old son entered 22 birds (chickens, ducks, geese) at the fair as well as an independent poultry project: a Pain Saver he made to control the geese's wings while working with them. He won Champion and Reserve Champion in waterfowl, Champion in junior showmanship, Reserve Champion in overall showmanship and Reserve Champion on his market pen of 3 pullets (okay, there were only 2 pens!) He also got 1 purple ribbon 11 or 12 blue ribbons, 3 red ribbons and a white ribbon. He made $60 on his market pen (prices were really down on all livestock at our fair this year -- hogs were mostly $1.50 a pound! -- but that's more than the $8 a bird he was asking for the meat birds from home!) and another $79.50 in prize and special award money. He did the showmanship with a 2-year-old male Embden goose, and I think the judge was mostly impressed that the goose was so calm and stayed on the table. We also sold 2 goslings and 6 or 8 ducklings at or just after the fair. My son has decided not to continue with 4H, but we will definitely continue enjoying our birds and we will probably still be at the fair next year in the open class.


harry m. edwards jr.
9/2/2009 9:20:14 AM

we won 4 blue ribbons 2 chickins 2 rabbits and had a great time, 4H rules.Showing and rasining rabbits and backyard chickins is an inexpensive way to get involved in local fairs. Don't forget free eggs. Most communities allow you to keep small flocks with no rosters and or rabbits.Try it. Have fun and good luck.