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2005 4-H & FFA COUNTY FAIR NEWS & UPDATES
(updated August 23, 2005 )

Lancaster County Fair Keeps Growing

Source: September 2005 NEBLINE Newsletter

The Lancaster County Fair has seen rapid growth since moving to the Lancaster Event Center in 2001. This year, the trend continued with increased exhibit entries and overall attendance.

4-H at the County Fair shares in the growth.

  • A total 4,331 4-H exhibits were showcased at this year’s fair (includes static exhibits, animals and contest entries -- does not include Clover Kids exhibits)

  • 4-H Horse Show -- entries in the five-day 4-H Horse Show were up significantly and more horse stalls were added to accommodate the increase.

  • 4-H Beef Cattle and Dairy Cattle Shows -- entries nearly doubled in past year and stalling space had to be reconfigured.

  • 4-H Poultry Show -- entries increased 21% in past year; 1,050% in five years!

Jay Wilkinson, member of the Fair Board and Extension Board helped construct more poultry pens. “The increase in exhibits caused unexpected hassles, but it’s a good problem to have,” he said.

New at this year’s fair was a 4-H Air Rifle Shooting Trailer presented by the Lancaster County Shooting Sports 4-H Club. Certified instructors supervised youth at the mobile shooting range.

Members of the Carpe Diem 4-H club created a dozen Fun Sun Pinatas as “Summer Blast!” fair theme decorations.

4-H staff member Tracy Kulm said, “I’m constantly amazed at the quality and creativity of the projects entered by 4-H youth.”

“Lancaster County 4-H would like to extend thanks to all the volunteers who help make the county fair a successful learning experience for youth,” said 4-H staff member Gary Bergman. “Adults and youth working together is a foundation of youth development.”

This year, a second exhibitors breakfast was added and nearly 1,000 meals served! Norm Nicholson of Countryside Energy said, “We just want to support the 4-H and FFA youth in every way we can. Every year, the breakfast just gets bigger and bigger.”

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