4-H group readies for county fair

Chautauqua County 4-H Youth Development will put their best on display at the 133rd annual Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk July 24-30.

In the 4-H Youth Building 20 area, 4-H Clubs will have more than 1,500 handcrafted projects on display in booths decorated with the theme “There’s No Place Like 4-H.” In the 4-H Building, visitors will also find dog agility demonstrations, youth presentations, crafts for fairgoers and more.

This year, the Teen Ambassadors invite the public to help sew a quilt that will benefit veterans. Guests are encouraged to stop by the 4-H Building and try sewing.

The 4-H Snack Bar will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, serving delicious and affordable home-cooked meals and of course their fair famous milkshakes. The snack bar is staffed by 4-H’ers, parents and 4-H volunteers. Employees from Cummins Engine Plant will also be volunteering in the Snack Bar to support 4-H at the 2017 Chautauqua County Fair. The Snack Bar is a major fundraiser for Chautauqua County 4-H which now depends on its own fundraising to continue programming since major County support was lost in 2012.

A record number of animal entries will be on display this year. The 4-H youth have exhibits in the goat, poultry, rabbit, beef, dairy, hog, sheep and horse barns. The dog project will offer daily demonstrations in the 4-H Youth Building and they have a fun show on Saturday in the Small Animal Arena. There will be shows daily in the Warren K. Brown Arena as well as the Small Animal Arena. 4-H horses move in Tuesday and horse shows continue daily through Sunday.

The 53rd annual 4-H Meat Animal Sale will take place at noon in the Warren K. Brown Show arena. This year 30 steers, 15 meat goats, 15 pairs of market poultry, 40 lambs and 75 hogs are available at the sale. Arrive early to get a look at the animals available for sale, meet the 4-Her that raised the animal, and get a good seat.

The Chautauqua County 4-H Youth Development Program connects youth to hands-on learning opportunities that help them grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society. By completing various projects youth learn patience, teamwork and other valuable life skills. Feel free to ask youth about their projects as they are always willing to share more about what they have been working on all year.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the SUNY system and the federal government through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

For more information, call 664-9502 or visit the website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua.