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July 27-Aug. 1: Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show

File photo. A child carries a goat at the 4-H Youth Show
File photo. A child carries a goat at the 4-H Youth Show

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Sheri Montoye for the information in this story.)

Visit the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds from July 27-Aug. 1 for the 2014 Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show.

This family-friendly, no-cost event showcases 4-H Youth Development and the interesting opportunities available to Washtenaw county youth. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills through club involvement and projects such as crafts, food preparation, collections, horses, archery, or livestock.  Admission and parking for the event is free.

The show kicks off on Sunday, July 27 at 10 a.m., with our youngest horse participants. Dog obedience and showmanship classes begin at 6:30 p.m.

On Monday, July 28, “Still” (non-animal) projects will be on display in Building A, and most livestock will be arriving throughout the day. On Tuesday, July 29, all projects, including animals, will be on display.

A cute Holland lop rabbit.
A cute Holland lop rabbit.

This year, the Entrepreneurship Silent Auction of youth-made craft items will continue. They will be display and open for bids from July 28-Aug. 1. Silent Auction proceeds go to the selling 4-H member. The entrepreneurship project prepares our future entrepreneurs for the business world by helping them develop skills in product development, marketing, finance, etc.

The public is invited to the Activity Tent on Thursday from 9 a.m.- noon for hands-on take-home activities for youth of all ages.

Livestock are auctioned Thursday evening, July 31 beginning with the 4-H Small Animal Silent Auction at 6 p.m. and 4-H Large Animal Livestock Auction at 6:30 p.m. under Building B. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Arrive an hour early for a special Buyers’ Dinner sponsored by the Jackson Road Meijer, as well as to learn the auction process.  Staff and volunteers on-site will assist any new buyers with step-by-step details and give you all the information you need regarding how we handle the post-auction animal processing for you.

Friday is a full afternoon of unexpectedly fun classes to watch: Ag-Olympics, Animal costume contests, an archery contest, and tractor driving contest.

cows 083Also on Friday, from 4-7 p.m., do not miss the BBQ Dinner sponsored by Zingerman’s Roadhouse and hosted by Washtenaw County 4-H Advisory Council for only $11 per person.  Come for the food, stay for the Horse and Pony Grand Entry at 5 p.m., followed by the top show-persons from each animal species participating in Sweepstakes Showmanship at 7 p.m.

The 4-H Youth Show is held at the Washtenaw County Farm Council Grounds at 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, and is open to everyone from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For additional information, contact Washtenaw County MSU Extension Office at 734-997-1678, or at the on-site Youth Show office at 734-429-3145.

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