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4-H members preparing for Douglas County Fair competition

4-H club member Chris Berg, 18, feeds some of his sheep. He has entered livestock for 11 years at the Douglas County Fair.

4-H club member Chris Berg, 18, feeds some of his sheep. He has entered livestock for 11 years at the Douglas County Fair.

July 22, 2010

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Which 4-H events is Delaney Dieker going to compete in at this year’s Douglas County Fair?

Delaney Dieker, 17,  washes her steers, from left, Monday and Saturday. She has devoted much of her life since second grade to being an active Clinton Eagles 4-H club member. She has taken care of livestock and has club projects like canning and the duct-tape project.

Delaney Dieker, 17, washes her steers, from left, Monday and Saturday. She has devoted much of her life since second grade to being an active Clinton Eagles 4-H club member. She has taken care of livestock and has club projects like canning and the duct-tape project.

County residents preparing for fair

Douglas County residents are gearing up for the annual county fair. The event is scheduled to begin July 30 this year at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Enlarge video

Cactus garden, duct-tape project, flowers, arts and crafts, steers, cow and calf pair, swine, jellies and jams.

What about baking?

“Oh yeah, that, too,” Dieker, 17, says at her home near Clinton Lake, clearly having trouble keeping track of all the projects — many scattered around her kitchen — in which she’s involved.

This time of year is not about relaxation for many area youth like Dieker, it’s 4-H time.

“Working like every night,” said fellow 4-H member Chris Berg of his preparations for the events. Berg, 18, who will start at Kansas State University this fall, has his own long list of events he’ll be competing in: swine, sheep, beef, dogs and “some other little things.”

The busy days and weeks preparing will be followed by seven days full of activities for area 4-H members, with the bulk of the events this year beginning Aug. 1 and running through Aug. 7.

But it’s all worth it, say Dieker and Berg.

The two have known each other for about a decade through their work in 4-H, and Dieker says spending time with friends and meeting new people is the best part of the program. Putting aside a little money for college is a bonus, as well.

In her years in 4-H, Dieker has socked away nearly $10,000 for college from the animal auctions. Money that she plans to use to go to either Kansas University or Wichita State University.

Berg, on the other hand, has trouble picking just one “best part” of being involved in 4-H: “Learning all the life skills and lessons, the leadership, helping little kids.”

Comments

zikzak 4 years, 9 months ago

I love walking the stalls of farm animals. My parents ran a 4-H club up in Iowa a long time ago. Sure brings back memories. :) All good. Have fun kids, these are the times that will lead to great memories.

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