Has the Fair inspired your kid to join 4-H?

Oh, to be a kid again!  If I were, I would be pestering my parents to let me join 4-H.  Seeing all the kids at the Fair this week with their animals and projects and ribbons makes me wish I could go back in time and trade all those hours I spent with my new Atari game console for something much more productive.

If you have a child who is wanting to join in the 4-H fun, there is a fantastic website run through Washington State University.  It has tons of information. Check it out here.

The Head, Heart, Hands, Health program is open to kids ages 5-19.  The new year starts in October, so you have plenty of time to do some research and make a plan even before school starts.

One interesting thing I have learned by eavesdropping in the Llama Greenway is that you don’t need your own animal to be involved in that aspect of 4-H.  There are actually generous people out there who are willing to let you borrow their animals for a 4-H project.

It’s really a win-win:  you get to test drive your child’s interest and involvement in raising an animal without having to invest in an animal and a pen and all the accessories.  Meanwhile, the animal’s owner gets to have their animal get some exercise and socialization and training.

If I had only known back in the ’70s…


Toni Woodard

Toni Woodard

I am a Clark County Fair Fanatic and eat all things fried during the glorious 10 days of The Fair. I have lived in Clark County since 2004 and consider it the second-best decision of my life. I am married to a great guy named Rob (first-best decision) who graciously carries my stuff and takes my picture every time I eat something at The Fair. We have two indoor cats and lots of deer, rabbits, and coyotes who are kind enough to stay outside.

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