The rides are set up, the malt wagon is in position, and the animals and their 4-Hers are ready to strut their stuff. The 115th annual Lyon County Fair is kicking off this week in Marshall.
For many local families like mine, this week is full of hustle and bustle, but it’s also very exciting and fun. All year long, we take care of our animals very meticulously and it’s such a joy to showcase some of the best animals that we raise.
My favorite part about fairs is definitely seeing all the 4-H exhibits. It’s a lot of fun to walk through the barns and see the dedication and passion that the kids have for their animals.
I also really enjoy walking through the 4-H building and looking through all the static exhibits.
Those are the exhibits that can range from clothing, cookies, rockets, flowers, photography, shop projects and so much more.
Two weeks ago, I judged static projects in Jackson County.
I did not move from my spot for seven hours as I had a very steady stream of 4-Hers at my table that were ready to be judged. It was a fun day.
One of the young 4-Hers, about 10 or so that I judged, brought a robot and a rocket. He told me how much he enjoys science and his passion for his projects was infectious.
He told me he had a lot of trouble putting together his rocket and there was a huge wad of tape in the middle of it, so it was easy to spot.
So I asked him, “What would you change about this project for next year?” He proceeded to tell me how he hopes to launch rockets after the fair and that he thought I was going to give his rocket a red ribbon, which is a lower ribbon.
He also told me what he thinks went wrong with his rocket construction. After we were done visiting, I told him he was going to receive a purple ribbon (I later named him champion in his age division).
He looked at me with a really confused look on his face. I looked at him and said, “I don’t care how your rocket looks. It’s more important to me that you learn from your project.
That’s why you are taking home a purple ribbon today.” This weekend, check out the fair in Marshall. Not every static or livestock project has worked out perfectly for the kids this year.
If you have the opportunity, stop and visit with a local 4-Her. Ask them about their challenges and what they’ve learned.