4-H Animals on Display at the Fair


Article Contributed by
Kate Ewer
4-H Community Educator

Chautauqua County 4-H Youth Development will put their best on display at the 133rd annual Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk July 25th-31st.

In the 4-H Youth Building 20, 4-H Clubs will have over 2,000 handcrafted projects on display in booths decorated with the theme “4-Hers are the Superheroes of the Future.” In the 4-H Building you’ll also find dog agility demonstrations, youth presentations, crafts for fairgoers, and more!

The 4-H Snack Bar will be open from 7:00am-8:00pm daily serving delicious and affordable home cooked meals and of course their fair famous milkshakes. The Snack Bar is a major fundraiser for Chautauqua County 4-H which now depends on its’ own fundraising to continue programming since major County support was lost in 2012.

A record number of animal entries will be on display and poultry have returned to the fair with the decline of the bird flu virus. 4-H youth have exhibits in the goat, poultry, rabbit, beef, dairy, hog, sheep, and horse barns. The dog project will offer daily demonstrations in the 4-H Youth Building and have a fun show on Saturday in the Small Animal Arena. There will be shows daily in the Warren K. Brown Arena as well as the Small Animal Arena. 4-H horses move in Tuesday and horse shows continue daily through Sunday.

The 52nd annual 4-H Meat Animal Sale will take place Friday July 29th at 12:00pm sharp in the Warren K. Brown Show arena. This year 75 hogs, ten meat goats, ten pairs of market poultry, 40 lambs and 30 steers are available at the sale. Arrive early to get a look at the animals available for sale, meet the 4-Her that raised them, and get a good seat. See you at the Fair!

The Chautauqua County 4-H Youth Development Program connects youth to hands-on learning opportunities that help them grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society. By completing various projects youth learn patience, teamwork, and other valuable life skills. Feel free to ask youth about their projects as they are always willing to tell you more about their projects.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.