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Wyandotte County Fair Pet ShowBlake Wood won a grand champion ribbon at the 4-H Cat and Pet Show Monday, July 15, at the Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1216 N. 79th. The pet shows are part of the annual Wyandotte County Fair. Most of the county fair events run July 23 to July 27 at the county fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Peggy Berrier Boyd, Wyandotte County 4-H agent)
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Wyandotte County Fair Pet ShowAndrew Hart was a grand champion winner at the 4-H Cat and Pet Show Monday, July 15, at the Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1216 N. 79th. The pet shows are part of the annual Wyandotte County Fair, where most events will take place July 23-27 at the fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Peggy Berrier Boyd, Wyandotte County 4-H agent)
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Wyandotte County Fair Pet ShowAndrew Hart, right, a grand champion in the 4-H Cat Show, talked with Megan Weddle at the 4-H Cat and Pet Show Monday, July 15, at the Wyandotte County Extension Office, N. 79th. The pet shows are part of the annual Wyandotte County Fair. Most of the county fair events run July 23 to July 27 at the county fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Peggy Berrier Boyd)
Wyandotte County Fair Pet Show
Wyandotte County Fair Pet Show
Wyandotte County Fair Pet Show
Wyandotte County 4-H’ers started competitions this week for the annual Wyandotte County Fair.
The youths are preparing for the annual event, which is held July 23 to 27 at the fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan.
Peggy Berrier Boyd, county 4-H agent, said youths are involved in traditional 4-H projects such as foods, livestock, and clothing, as well as newer projects. This year, there is a new hunger awareness effort in which the youth are participating, she said. That effort includes a poster contest.
“They are really emphasizing making people aware that hunger is more prevalent than people realized,” Boyd said.
Some exhibition events, including the clothing style show and the pet shows, are held before the fair starts, she said.
There is a traditional 4-H livestock auction planned at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the fairgrounds, and nowadays city kids in 4-H are more likely to be raising smaller animals. That might include rabbits and chickens. The poultry and chickens may be included in the livestock auction.
“There’s a limited amount of land to raise larger animals, so a lot of the folks that want to raise livestock animals are turning to rabbits and poultry,” she said. Rabbits particularly have grown as a 4-H project. In the last few years, participation went from six to 20 in the rabbit project and new cages were purchased for the fair, she said.
Another area that has shown consistent participation is poultry, she said.
Kamren Brown, 11, of Bonner Springs, is one 4-H’er who raises chickens as a 4-H project. He sells the eggs to some local people. Last year he won a grand champion award for one of his chickens. He has about seven chickens.
When asked what he had learned from his poultry project, Kamren said, “That it’s a lot of work and we get eggs. And how to manage money.”
He said he enjoyed this project as well as participating in the rabbit, robotic, and rocketry 4-H projects. He also is in Boy Scouts, and he used some of the money he made from the poultry project last year to go to two camps.
Kamren said he’d like to be a farmer when he grows up. He’s already learned, though, that there can be good years and bad years in raising animals.
“It’s quite a bit of work for both of us,” acknowledged his mother, Tamara Root.
She’s helped Kamren with a spreadsheet program that tracks how many eggs are laid, money spent for feed, how much money is made, and other factors.
This year he’s made a slight profit with his little poultry business, but January was a bad month. His profit is usually a couple of dollars a month, according to his mom. Whatever money comes in from the sale of eggs often goes to buy feed. The drought also affected his chickens. Sometimes they don’t lay eggs in bad weather, Root said.
Boyd said the 4-H’ers projects are helpful to the youth because “they are seeing that the work they do in projects is worthy of recognition. It feels good to see your work and hear somebody say ‘That’s nice’ or ask about how they did this,” she said.
“We have kids who started out taking a project and realized they found out more than they intended,” Boyd said.
As an example, she mentioned a 4-H’er who had taken a sewing project, learned some skills, did some comparisons of the amount of money she could save by sewing and found out that she was saving money while she was learning to sew.
“The kids have such a great time working together at the fair,” she said. They learn decision-making, deciding what they want to do, following through with it, and becoming productive, she said.
The 4-H and open class Parade of Champions will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the fairgrounds.
The county fair this year features arena events, a carnival, 4-H and open exhibits and free stage entertainment.
Hours of the fair are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, July 23-26, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 27. The Wyandotte County Fairgrounds is at 13700 Polfer Road in extreme northwest Kansas City, Kan., just one-half mile east of K-7 and Polfer Road.
Special arena events will include motocross at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23; a demolition derby at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26; and a mud run at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Tickets to each of these events are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12.
There is also a charge for carnival rides. While there is a per-car parking admission charge of $5, most of the fair’s attractions do not have an extra charge. There is no parking charge from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27.
Free ground attractions include Hedrick’s Petting Zoo, Hedrick’s pony and camel rides, Hedrick’s pig races, and the NASA Driven to Explore exhibit. There are kids’ activities and live entertainment, as well. The fair will have 4-H and open class exhibits on display in several categories, including animal exhibits. Also a magician is scheduled, and there also will be an individual who twists balloons into different shapes. The National Guard also will have a display at the fair.
Free tethered hot air balloon rides will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, weather permitting.
Free stage entertainment includes County Road 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 23; Sully Brothers, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 24; Sully Brothers, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 25; Fair Mounters, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 26; The Prairie Praise Band, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27; the Piper Bible Church Gospel Night, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27; and The Magnificent Bang Bangs, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27.
A schedule of fair events is online at www.wycofair.com. For more information on the fair visit the website or call 913-788-7898. For information about 4-H, call 913-299-9300.