The Cherokee County 4-H is currently gearing up for the 2008 Cherokee County Fair. Along with many traditional events that the 4-H program offers, this year there are a few new events.
A new clothing category called "$15 Challenge" is an event that encourages the 4-H'ers to purchase clothing items for $15. The goal of this event is to show 4-H members that there are other options when it comes to purchasing clothing. So the members will have to think outside the box when assembling their outfits. It is a lesson of fiscal responsibility, members may have to find recycled or used clothing that fall within their budgets. The members will be judged on their final selection and winners will qualify for the State Fair.
On Friday, July 11 the 1st annual Ashley Rassel Memorial Beef Show will be held at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds. This new event is an open beef show that is sanctioned by the Iowa Junior Beef Breeds Association.
Weigh-In will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the show will begin at 6 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded based on entries and there will be a $20 entry fee per animal. No feeder calves, health papers required and generators highly recommended. Winners of this event will be eligible to draw point for scholarships through the IJBBA.
Beginning on July 10, (opening day of the fair) 4-H'ers will be collecting change in the penny war box. People will be putting their change, preferably pennies, into their favorite club's container. On Sunday, July 13, after the crowning of the Fair Queen, the boxes will be removed.
There after, the winning club will be decided by how many "points" are in their box. It is not about how much money is in the boxes, but points. Each penny counts as a point. If someone places silver change or greenbacks in a clubs container, it will cost points.
Example, if someone puts a nickel into a particular club's container, it is minus five points, and a dime is minus 10 points. The club with the most points will receive 10 percent of the total money collected, The rest of the money will be put into a special "Financial Aid" fund to help with Cherokee County 4-H'ers who want to go to State Conference, summer camp or other 4-H events.
Also new for this year is the 4-H Baby Center. The Baby Center will be held in the swine building. There, 4-H'ers will bring in a baby sow or piglets plus a cow/calf pair. This exhibit showcases on learning and how to care for the smaller animals.
Volunteers are always needed to help get the 4-H buildings and the fairgrounds cleaned up and ready to go for fair time.
This year, instead of just one or two clubs doing all the pre-fair clean up, 4-H organizers are asking that all Cherokee County 4-H'ers and their parents come to the fairgrounds on Tuesday, July 1 at 6 p.m. Each club will be assigned an area to clean up and set up.
After all the work is complete, there will be a grill out (free of charge) and then there will be a little fun. 4-H organizers will be holding the Cherokee Olympic Games that night. These games will all be agriculture-related. 4-H members could be doing anything form scooping manure to milking a cow. These will be relay style games, with five member teams and one member must be an adult.
If you would like to know more on any of these new events you may contact the County 4-H Youth Coordinator Brenda Medick at the County Extension Office at 225-6196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.