Another successful year for 4-H FFA fair

EVART — Hundreds of residents, visitors and members of 4-H packed the animal barns, midway and grandstand for a number of family-friendly events at this year’s Osceola County 4H-FFA Fair.

The fair was filled with a number of 4-H showmanship and market competitions, featuring rabbits, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, cattle and more. Children and teens of all ages participated, proud to earn ribbons and trophies for their hard work.

Mikaela Sharer, 14, of Evart, participated in showing a turkey and cornish chickens at this year’s fair, but also has experience with other animals and experience showing at the Marion Fair.

“It’s fun being able to learn new things while hanging out with friends,” Sharer said about why she likes being involved in 4-H. “You get to learn more and more every year.”

She said some of her favorite 4-H memories include the Ag Olympics, camping, being with friends and horse competitions.

Siblings Brandon and Hanna Lintemeth also love being a part of 4-H, and this year showed dairy cattle.

“I like meeting new friends and the challenges of 4-H,” Brandon said.

The children’s parents, Brian and Darlene, said a lot can be learned when participating in 4-H.

“It teaches them responsibility, respect, hard work and maturity,” Darlene said.

Toward the end of the fair, auctions gave local residents and businesses the opportunity to support 4-H members and their community by purchasing prize-winning large and small animals.

The fair also offered a midway of rides for young children and games for all ages. Food vendors sold sweet treats like cotton candy and elephant ears, and the Evart Lions Club provided hot dogs, pulled pork and a number of homemade pie options for hungry patrons.