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It’s time for Cloverville at the state fair

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By Cathy Toole

It is time for the Kentucky State Fair and Cloverville will be in full swing.

This year, the state fair is from Aug. 15-25.  Cloverville is an annual attraction of every Kentucky State Fair. Located in the West Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Cloverville offers an opportunity for 4-H’ers to showcase their abilities and compete for statewide ribbons and awards.

Regardless of whether they win at the state fair, the young people who have exhibits at Cloverville are already winners, as they won their county competition to advance to the state fair. Cloverville gives fellow Kentuckians good examples of 4-H projects and our young people’s work ethic. Some of these projects took 4-H’ers weeks, months and sometimes an entire year to complete. Projects display skills in areas as diverse as science, the home and arts and crafts.

In addition to the projects, 4-H’ers will be on-hand showcasing their skills in activities such as mannequin modeling and on-site competitions. Mannequin modeling gives participants the chance to model an outfit they have designed and constructed. On-site competitions include Lego wars and 4-H’s version of Cupcake Wars.

Cloverville will have many Henry County 4-Her’s exhibits on display throughout the fair. On Thursday, Aug. 15, 20 youth will be giving their country ham speeches as well as spending the day enjoying the fair while waiting for their country hams to be judged and the winner announced.  We also have several youth involved in the animal shows.  The rabbits and poultry will be there on Thursday and Friday on Aug. 15 and 16.  We have several club members showing those days.  The goat show begins on Friday Aug. 16 and we will also be represented at that show as well as the beef show the following week.  If you are attending the fair please check out Cloverville in the West Wing and walk through the animal exhibits to visit those that are there representing our county.

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