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July 9, 2014

Animals take center stage at 4-H Fair (w/ VIDEOS)

Kids compete for champion in dairy, beef, poultry, rabbits and sheep

GREENTOWN – It was a big day for kids and their animals Tuesday at the Howard County 4-H Fair.

Although most of the fairgrounds were quiet all morning beneath an overcast sky, the livestock barns were packed with spectators watching the beef and dairy judging and the pigeon and poultry show.

At noon, rabbits took center stage, and later in the day, people lined the show arena to watch the sheep judging competition.

But it wasn’t just livestock in the spotlight Tuesday. There was plenty more going on. Here’s an inside look of what people were up to at the fair.

10:45 a.m.: 13-year-old Lisa Elkin kept the grill behind the 4-H Junior Leader building simmering with rib-eyes, pork burgers and hotdogs as she and other junior leaders geared up for the big lunch rush.

Elkin said it was her first year running the grill for the junior leaders, but she was ready for it, thanks to watching her dad over the years.

“The secret to grilling? Patience,” she said. “Don’t try to cook it too fast.”

Besides volunteering to run the grill and helping man the cash machine along with her fellow junior leaders, Kristin and Kevin May, Elkin said she also completed 4-H projects on child development and bugs this year.

She recommended trying a pork burger if you stop by the booth, which is a big fundraiser for the 4-H Junior Leaders.

“They’re a little spicier than hamburgers, and they really taste good,” Elkin said.

11 a.m.: It was official. Fifteen-year-old Sharlene Lassing was taking home the champion banner for her golden-feathered cock named Fawkes in the exhibition standard cock class of the poultry judging show.

Lassing said she named her bird after the phoenix in the Harry Potter series, and with a long, golden neck and streaming tail feathers, Fawkes lived up to the name.

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