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4-H’ers, animals get ready for busy week at the fair in Knowlesville

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 July 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Brooke Bensley brushes “Desi,” short for “My Heart’s Desire” in preparation for today’s llama show at 10 a.m. Brooke, 18, of Albion has been showing llamas at the fair since she was 10.

Adam Eick, 18, of Medina and Joe Cecchini, 9, of Medina clean cows this morning.

Skip Lear and his daughter Jamie Schutz, 16, of Waterport lead beef cattle to the washing area at the fairgrounds. Lear, a former 4-H’er, volunteers as the beef cattle superintendent at the fair.

KNOWLESVILLE – The 4-H’ers and animals have arrived at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Knowlesville, and this morning has been busy for 4-H’ers. They have been cleaning animals, and setting up stalls and pens for the animals’ week-long home.

The fair starts today and the first competition will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the cloverbud horse show and a walk/trot horse show. A llama and alpaca show begins at 10 a.m.

There will be an opening ceremony at 5:45, which will include a mortgage burning. Donors have paid off the mortgage on the new education center.

A talent show at 7 p.m., swine show at 7 p.m. and karaoke contest at 9 p.m. are also on the schedule for today.

Parking will be $2 per vehicle today after 4 p.m. It will be $5 per carload from Tuesday through Saturday.

Taylor Soule, 8, of Barre and her brother Matthew Mathes, 6, brush their dairy animals at the fairgrounds this morning.

Noah Preston, 17, of Barre hoses down livestock. The 4-H’ers strive to present a good image of the agricultural industry to the public during this week’s fair.