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July 9, 2013

 

Annual Junior Fair begins today

Youth showing off livestock, 4-H projects all week at fairgrounds

FairBob Ellis/staff photographer
Maudi Waltz, 2, sips from a carton of chocolate milk while watching the 21st annual Cortland Classic cattle show Monday at the Cortland County Fairgrounds. Maudi’s mother, Alta, was crowned the fair princess in 2002. The 60th annual Junior Fair officially kicks off today.

By TYRONE L. HEPPARD
Staff Reporter
theppard@cortlandstandardnews.net

Excited children sat in the bleachers outside the cattle barn on Monday afternoon munching on treats provided by the 4-H Youth Council’s food cart as people registered livestock for the 60th annual Junior Fair at the Cortland County Fairgrounds.
The Junior Fair officially begins today but the fairgrounds were already buzzing with activity on Monday as people from all over Cortland County came to set up their displays and presentations for the five-day event.
Rebecca Ireland-Perry of Cornell Cooperative Extension has been helping with the fair for the last three years, but this is the first year she has been responsible for putting everything together.
“The fair is an opportunity for the youth of Cortland County, especially in the 4-H, to display their projects,” said Ireland-Perry. “It’s a way to celebrate all these accomplishments they’ve worked so hard on.”
Ireland-Perry said there could be anywhere between 200 to 300 youths ages 5 to 19 who will be part of the fair this year and there is expected to be around 1,200 exhibits at the fairgrounds including projects and animals.
Those who have never been to a junior fair can expect to see a wide range of contests, events and activities including horticulture and creative writing displays, art and science projects, livestock and poultry shows, and even a weighted dog sled pulling event which was successfully introduced last year.
Ireland-Perry says this year there will be different themes for each day of the fair, such as “kid’s day” taking place on Wednesday which will be geared toward children in summer recreational programs who will be coming to the fair.
“Here in the 4-H Building we’ll have activities based on gardening,” said Ireland-Perry. “We’re going to do some hands-on activities; some crafts and educational things. I encourage everyone to come down and check it out.”
The Junior Fair will continue for the rest of the week beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. with the exception of Saturday night, when a fireworks show starts at 10:30 p.m.
The Junior Fair is also free to attend and there will be free parking as well.

 

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