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Archive for Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Free fair is more than just livestock

July 23, 2002

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There's more to the Douglas County Free Fair than just livestock, said Roger Flory, Douglas County Fair Board president.

There also are frog pajamas, pies and art.

"A lot of people come to the fair, and they think they're just going to look at swine and sheep, but all kinds of projects are showcased," he said.

Yes, the fair  for which judging began July 12 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds  showcases livestock. But other projects such as cooking, arts and crafts, and clothing are the three biggest programs right now in the countywide 4-H program, Flory said.

And Monday, about 150 4-H'ers modeled clothing and textile projects in the 4-H Fashion Revue competition. Each participant modeled as many as three garments with accessories they either purchased or made. The winners will be announced at 7 p.m. today in Building 21 after a special fashion presentation of "100 years of 4-H."

Lacy Hunsinger, 10, Lawrence, modeled frog pajamas.

"I liked my outfit because it was a pajama outfit and it was comfortable," Lacy said. "Plus, my mom said it looked cute on me."

Judging is based on how much participants know about their garment, including care and cost per wear, as well as general grooming, said Trudy Rice, Douglas County Extension director.

Lacy said professional modeling wasn't in her future, but she enjoyed picking the outfits and entering the competition. This was her fourth year to compete. Next week, she will compete in the foods, electricity, away with waste, crafts, hogs and rabbits judging.

"I like to do 4-H. It's fun for me," said Lacy, whose family members are longtime participants of the program in Douglas County. "I was going to 4-H even before I was born."

The Douglas County Free Fair will end Sunday, Aug. 4 Â a day later than previous years.

"We wanted to start the events later in the week and finish on Sunday instead of Saturday so that the fair will be more available to those that work during the week," Rice said.

Though judging has started, the events that most non-4-H'ers associate with the fair  the carnival, demolition derby and musical acts  start July 31 and run through Aug. 3. Food stands, games and displays will be open July 30.

Everything but the Chely Wright concert, demolition derby and the carnival is free.

Tickets for fair events can be purchased at the following locations: Deems Farm Equipment, 1110 E. 23rd St., Lawrence; Orscheln Farm and Home, 1541 E. 23rd St., Lawrence; MidAmerica Bank/Hilco Mortgage, 804 Ames St., Baldwin; Heritage Tractor, East Highway 56, Baldwin; and Orscheln Town and Supply, 2008 S. Princeton St., Ottawa.

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