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Let’s make the most of the Union County Fair

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:21 a.m. CST

From Barb Wilmeth

Union County Friends of 4-H president

It’s time for the Union County Fair – something the 4-H and FFA members in our county look forward to and work toward every year. For the youngsters involved – ages 8 to 18 – the experiences are as individual as the kids. From the fun of making new friends to the joy of a purple ribbon to the reality of saying goodbye to an animal you’ve learned to care for and care about throughout the year.

The fair and 4-H are all about experiences that help kids learn life skills and develop into responsible, contributing future citizens of our community. It takes many people and many hours of hard work and dedication to bring these opportunities to the kids in Union County.

The members of Union County Friends of 4-H Inc. want to thank everyone who supports the fair and these great young people – 4-H leaders and volunteers, parents, grandparents, fair board members, project committee members, plus the many businesses and individuals who contribute time, money, supplies and expertise.

Thank you to those who support the annual Friends of 4-H pie auction by donating pies and other baked goods AND those who bid and buy the goodies – providing funds that stay in Union County to support the Clover Kid program; buy Clover Kid and 4-H program supplies and project materials; send members to camps and conferences; provide project awards and trophies, and provide up to $1,500 in scholarships for outstanding young leaders.

Thanks also to the community members who come out to the fair to watch the shows, see the exhibits and attend the grandstand performances – you all make the fair possible.

Thank you to the businesses and individuals who support the livestock auction and make financial contributions toward trophies and other project awards. There are too many to list.

As we all attend the fair July 20-25, please remember it takes everyone to pull off a successful event. Adult volunteers are still needed from Saturday’s exhibit building project judging through Friday morning’s cleanup activities. Those closely involved with the fair work hard and hope everything goes smoothly, but inevitably there can be bumps in the road and details overlooked. Please remember to be patient and help where you can. By setting good examples through communicating, cooperating, and working together we have yet another opportunity to help kids learn life skills during the fun and exciting Union County Fair.

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