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4-H youth to demonstrate skills at DuPage County Fair

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University of Illinois Extension

For hundreds of local youth, 4-H project displays and animal shows are an important and fun part of the annual DuPage County Fair, which is scheduled for July 23 to 27 this year.

"We hope you will join us Fair Week to celebrate the hard work and achievements of these local youth," said Christine Birns, 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator. "Throughout the year, our 4-H members learn new skills and develop talents, which they then demonstrate through the annual 4-H exhibits and shows at the DuPage County Fair."

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Projects on display in the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds include: visual arts, woodworking, electricity, clothing, food and nutrition, natural resources, computers, robotics, horticulture, photography, and more. These project areas are judged before the fair, but open for viewing throughout the week, Birns said.

During the fair, other 4-H project areas will host shows, including the livestock competitions. The 4-H sheep show will start at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 in the tent show ring, and the poultry show begins at 8:30 a.m. at the poultry barn. At 2 p.m., the 4-H beef show will begin in the livestock ring.

On Thursday, July 24, swine and goat judging begin at 9 a.m., in the goat barn and livestock show ring, respectively. The dairy show kicks off at 8 a.m. on Friday in the livestock show ring, and the rabbit judging starts at 8:30 a.m. in the rabbit barn. The 4-H awards program will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 in the program tent at the DuPage County Fairgrounds.

The DuPage County Fairgrounds is located at 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton. For more information on location, tickets or other event schedules, visit www.dupagecountyfair.org.

4-H offers positive youth development programs that provide the opportunity for youth to feel a sense of belonging, develop independence, practice generosity, and experience mastery. If you are interested in learning more about 4-H in DuPage County, contact Birns at 630-955-1123 or at cbirns@illinois.edu.

To learn more about University of Illinois Extension in your county, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/dkk/. University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems.

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