FREEPORT (4H) -- The Stephenson County Fair is scheduled for July 12-17. Even before the official start of the fair, 4-H activities will be taking place at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds. From foods to livestock, and horticulture to cats, 4-H members will exhibit many projects at this year’s fair. Following is a summary of the activities that are planned:
Tuesday, July 12
The day begins with the Goat Show at 8:00 a.m. The Rabbits, Cavies, and Poultry Shows will begin in their Barns starting at 8:30 a.m. along with the Sheep and Beef Shows starting then as well in their respective barns. At 9:00 a.m. the 4-H Swine Show will take place in the swine barn. The Dairy Show follows at 10:00 a.m.
Stephenson County 4-H Federation will open its Pizza Hut stand in the 4-H Building on Tuesday. It will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday we will remain open until 8:30 p.m. Stop by and have a slice of pizza and some soda or bottled water while spending time at the Fair.
In addition to 4-H project judging, the 4-H Cake Walk will take place from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. near the Home Ec Building. Cookies, breads, muffins and candies made by 4-H members will be available. All proceeds go to the 4-H program.
A fun evening of activities is scheduled for Tuesday’s Youth Night taking place from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Grandstand. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the Chicken Scratch and Pig Scramble will be held. The Fair Queen and Little Miss will be introduced at 7:00 p.m. and Tug of War begins at 7:30 p.m. where teams face off to win a cash prize. The evening will conclude with the Ag Olympics contest at 8:00 p.m., so make sure you come out to the Fair to see all these exciting events on Tuesday!
Wednesday, July 13
The Cat Show will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the Rest & Entertainment Tent. The 4-H Dress Revue, where garments will be judged for construction, fit, and appearance, will be held in the Rest & Entertainment Tent from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. This will be followed by 4-H’ers In Action at 4:30 p.m. 4-H’ers In Action is a showcase of a variety of 4-H projects, so come on out and see our 4-H’ers great work.
Thursday, July 14
The Parade of Excellence will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Rest & Entertainment Tent. At this event, trophies will be presented to 4-H project winners other than livestock. The livestock winners will receive trophies at their respective shows.
Friday, July 15
Throughout the fair, the 4-H clubs will have display booths in the 4-H Building under the Grandstand. The booths are promoting the 4-H theme, “4-H…Past, Present, Future!” and will be judged prior to that week so be sure to look at them and find your favorite. Non-perishable foods and hygiene items will also be collected under the grandstand for the 4-H House of Cans booth. 4-H clubs will compete to see which club donates the most items. Members of the public may also make contributions to the 4-H House of Cans. All items collected will be given to FACC, and the Le-Win, Pearl City, and German Valley Food Pantries. There will also be booths displaying Cloverbud projects, Federation activities, and State Fair Projects!
Saturday, July 16
The Junior Livestock Auction begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Swine Show Arena. During the auction, the 4-H Federation will be selling pop, bottled water, coffee, donuts, chips, and candy bars. The 4-H Pizza Hut stand continues to serve from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday!
For more information on any of these events, contact University of Illinois Extension-Stephenson County at 815-235-4125.