The calendar and hotter temperatures tell us two things; summer is here and the Barton County Fair is about to begin! The Extension Office has been busy with 4-H families turning in pre-entry forms and picking up more barbecue tickets to sell. The pre-fair activity I have the most involvement in is the 4-H clothing judging and Fashion Revue which is set for Wednesday July 2nd.
There will be approximately, seventy outfits modeled for the judges during the morning of the 2nd at Trinity Lutheran Church. At least a third of those have been constructed by the 4-H’er. Once judging is complete volunteers from Southbend Jolly Workers and Busy Buzzers 4-H clubs have the task of decorating the stage at the Crest Theater in downtown Great Bend for the public fashion revue which begins at 7 p.m. on the 2nd. The theme for the event is “4-H Weaves Us Together” which goes along with the Fair theme of “It’s Just Natural”. It is always a fun evening with older 4-H’ers serving as emcees as members show the clothing they have made in the construction project or purchased using their buymanship skills. We are fortunate to have some wonderful volunteers who have led sewing workshops to encourage the young seamstresses. We also appreciate having Bonny Boultinghouse, former 4-H’er, helping us out at the Extension Office this year. She has spent time working with the kids on their modeling skills which should help them be more comfortable with their judges’ visit.
So mark your calendars and join us for the Public Fashion Revue Wednesday, July 2nd at 7 p.m. at the Crest Theater. You will have another opportunity to see some of the clothing entries modeled during a fashion show at the Fair. Come to the free stage area Friday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m. and we will have several 4-H’ers participate in this mini style show.
I hope you are all making plans to come to the Barton County Fair. Consider entering something to display by bringing it out Wednesday, July 9th from 8 a.m. – noon. All of the inside exhibits will be judged by Thursday evening and 4-H animal shows will be held throughout the fair. Another busy day is Sunday, July 13th, when the round robin showmanship event occurs, the 4-H barbecue is served and the sale of champions is held. See you at the Fair!
Donna Krug is the Family and Consumer Science Agent with K-State Research and Extension – Barton County. You may reach her at (620)793-1910 or email@example.com