September 11, 2017 - 9:31am -- parker.1269

It’s that time of year again when the fairgrounds are buzzing with activity.  As a person who has grown up in the 4-H system, I look forward to the fair each year as a time to not only reconnect with friends but a time to see all the great projects that Wayne County youth have worked hard on all year.  When you are walking the fairgrounds this year try and remember that all the projects in the 4-H booth building represent young people expanding on their skills and talents.  Photography, nutrition, wood working, clothing construction, and many additional topics are studied and displayed for us to enjoy.  Plan to stop by the OSU Extension booth in there as well for some hands on activities and to learn more about what Extension offers in our community.

The number of volunteers that stand behind each member is to be commended.  Parents, advisors and other family members join together to “Make the Best Better” as the 4-H motto goes.  If you get to watch the livestock shows, you will see all the time and effort that has been put forth through the year.  Learning life skills of responsibility, accountability, dedication and hard work are character traits that speak volumes during future job interviews.  I’ve heard employers say “I look to see if the applicant has FFA or 4-H experience, or was raised on a farm” indicating these skills are sought after in a work environment.  The theme “4-H grows here” or “I got my start in 4-H” speaks for itself when previous members return to reminisce on their previous activities.  Many of them will say, I wouldn’t be where I am today without my 4-H or FFA background. 

Don’t forget to come by the Grange Rotunda (the only round building on the fairgrounds) to see the antique display and the demonstrations that will be given Monday through Thursday.  (check out our website for a full listing at wayne.osu.edu)  A sneak preview for Kid’s Day on Monday at 11:30 and 3:00 we will have free smoothies for kids.  Each session will be 30 minutes where kids will learn how to make smoothies at home, but here at the fair, they will use a “Smoothie Bike” to blend their ingredients.