4-Hers enjoy festive Holiday Faire with special visit from the Grinch

Photos courtesy of Kristina Gabalski: Projects on display were made by 4-Hers and featured holiday themes. Classes include handmade gifts, tree ornaments, holiday foods, cards, and centerpieces.

Posted 6 December 2022 at 5:50 pm

Press Release, Orleans County 4-H Program Coordinator Kristina Gabalski

KNOWLESVILLE – Orleans County 4-Hers, their friends and families gathered at the Trolley Building on the Fairgrounds on Saturday for the annual Holiday Faire event.

“Holiday Faire is Orleans County 4-H’s wintertime event to showcase projects with a holiday theme,” said Kristina Gabalski, 4-H Program Coordinator. “It is also a time to gather and share with the rest of the 4-H community some of the project work we have been doing and participate in fun activities.”

The Abundant Harvest 4-H Club offered kits to make sweet little gingerbread houses.

In addition to holiday-themed projects created by 4-H youth, 4-H clubs set up tables with inexpensive crafts and fundraising items.

“The Beef and Dairy Club offers wonderful peppermint milkshakes that are always popular,” Gabalski said.

Members of the Rabbit Raisers club bring bunnies to pet, Goat Busters members make goat milk fudge to sell, and the Abundant Harvest Club offers pre-constructed gingerbread houses to decorate with colorful candies.

“These are just a few of the fun activities offered by our 4-H clubs,” Gabalski said.

Members of the Rabble Rousers 4-H club had a busy and festive table.

Comfort food refreshments including homemade macaroni and cheese, vegetable soup and cinnamon rolls were available from the Trolley kitchen. Proceeds from the food sales go to the Family and Consumer Science Program Development Committee, which organizes the event, Gabalski said.

This year featured the start of a new Holiday Faire tradition with a first-ever visit from The Grinch.

“Holiday Faire goers were able to pose for photos with the Grinch and/or take a shot at him with a marshmallow gun,” Gabalski explained. “It proved to be a popular activity.”

The 4-H Holiday Faire is held annually on the first Saturday in December from 1 to 3:30 pm. The public is welcome to attend.

A Holiday Faire participant takes a shot at The Grinch with a marshmallow gun.  This was the first year The Grinch visited the event.