Edgar County 4-H'ers prepping for the summer show

Members of the one dozen Edgar County 4-H clubs are putting the final touches on projects they plan to show at the 2022 Edgar County 4-H Show on July 16 and 22-27 at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Paris. The 4-H show is the culmination of a year's worth of learning and working for the nearly 175 4-H'ers in the county who have been attending club meetings and working independently on their projects.  

The 4-H show allows youth to exhibit their skills and share their knowledge with the public, furthering the Illinois 4-H vision of empowering and preparing young people for success. By visiting the 4-H show, you help foster a supportive environment where young people can grow into successful and contributing members of society.

While most events kick off on Friday, July 22 at the 4-H fairgrounds in Paris, some events occur before the show.   Those events are the 4-H Shooting Sports Exhibitions on Saturday, July 16, starting at 8:00 a.m. at the fairgrounds for Archery and 1:00 p.m. at the Edgar County Sportsman's Club in Paris for Rifle and Shotgun. The Aerospace judging and rocket launch will also take place that day at 1:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

Other highlights include the small pets show, sewing, textiles, and fashion review on Friday; dog show and general projects judging on Saturday; Cloverbuds Show and Tell and the horse and pony show on Saturday; visual arts and photography judging on Sunday; sheep and goat shows and foods judging on Monday; swine and rabbit shows on Tuesday and the beef show and master showmanship on Wednesday. Please note the horse show on Saturday is held in conjunction with the Clark County 4-H show at the Martinsville Fairgrounds.

The food auction will be held Monday at 6:00 p.m., and the livestock auction will be on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. The projects will be on display beginning Sunday, July 22 at 6:00 p.m. and throughout the remainder of the show until Wednesday, July 27 at 6:00 p.m.  

The public is invited to the Family Fun and Games Night on Tuesday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for friendly competitions for all ages, followed by hot dogs and chips sponsored by First Farmers Bank and Trust.

Due to avian influenza, there will be no live poultry at this year's show. 4-H'ers enrolled in poultry will display educational posters for their project.

For more information regarding the 4-H fair, contact University of Illinois Extension at 217-465-8585 or visit online at go.illinois.edu/edgarshowschedule

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