It's "fair week"... and the year of hard work raising 4-H calves and cows is down to the wire, or should I say down to the judges decision! Children ages 5-19 join local clubs, estimated at 90,000 clubs worldwide, and work on projects that range from dairy cows, horses, to sewing, cooking and carpentry skills.
Wikipedia describes 4-H as follows: "The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, and life skills of youth through mostly experiential learning programs. Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, and science, engineering and technology programs."
Here local youth bring their cattle to the fair's show ring.
This young man won Grand Champion Ayshire for his cow.
A busy fellow, he's here again showing his prize winning Jersey cow along with his cousin who also took an award.
This little Holstein calf is hoping she can rest after finishing a trip to the show ring and winning a blue ribbon!