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4-H fun at the fair

Amber Booge works with her horse during the Senior Horsemanship portion of the 4-H Horse Show. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)1 / 5
Rian Soderberg and Michelle Farlee study their tiles to come up with words on a giant set of the classic game Scrabble at the Hubbard County Fair Thursday afternoon. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)2 / 5
Allison Offerdahl works with her cow, Flicka, in the cattle barn. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)3 / 5
4-H members Megan Offerdahl, Clayton Novak and Shania Farlee man the “Ask a 4-Her” booth at the fair. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)4 / 5
Nikki James (sitting) and Taryn Nyangau play with a giant Jenga set. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)5 / 5

By Anna Erickson

Hubbard County’s 4-H members are having a blast during this year’s fair, with many new events for families.

County 4-H program director Mari Jo Lohmeier has been working with 4-H members to create a fun fair to remember in 2013.

Family fun events are new this year and are an opportunity for

4-H members and families to gather and spend time together.

“It is my hope that we can give our 4-Hers and their families a variety of activities to look forward to during the fair that are at no cost for the families, will give the kids (especially those who have livestock and animals and are here for many, many hours) something to do, and to also get our kids that go to different schools and live in different parts of the county a chance to get to know each other better,” she said.

These events included a teen dance event for youth in grades 7-12. Hubbard in Prevention sponsored a bus that brought kids from Laporte and Nevis to the fairgrounds to see the band “Dirt Road Prophets.”

Giant games were played on the lawn Thursday afternoon. Games were available in giant form, including Scrabble, Jenga, Twister and Pick-Up Sticks. Lohmeier came up with the idea for giant games on Pinterest.

Friday night, a campfire was scheduled for 4-Hers and their families. A new campfire ring was created on the west edge of the fair grounds. S’mores were provided and families were invited to bring their own roasting sticks and hot dogs, along with fun fair stories and memories.

4-H families were also invited to have some old fashioned fun Saturday afternoon with volleyball and yard games. Sunday’s events for 4-H families include a potluck, kickball and awards program.

Also new this year is a 4-H promotion booth that youth are hosting in the exhibit hall. The community can find out what 4-H is all about and see how they can get involved.

An “Ask a 4-Her” booth is just inside the livestock barn. Kids involved in showing livestock are available, along with their animals, to answer questions. They can talk about their animals and what it’s like to raise them.

“It is our hope that the public will take advantage of the ‘experts’ and come and ask them lots of questions and learn about each of the species of animals at the fair,” Lohmeier said.

4-H numbers are up, along with the number of kids involved in the fair.

4-H members are encouraging everyone to check out the 4-H projects and animals at the fair this year.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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