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Prepare those 4-H projects for the fair

4-H exhibits and record books that are to be judged in the Extension Building must be entered between 8-11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 5.

Check in with superintendent(s) Kim Hutcherson, Sherry Schutz, Cindy Nobles, Mary Webb and Nancy Schutz to be put on the waiting list. Then, each 4-H’er will have a personal interview with the appropriate project judge. Individuals will be judged on knowledge of project appropriate for his/her age and experience, clarity of responses, poise and appearance (appropriate attire, cleanliness, neatness). The interview will be limited to the judge, the 4-H member and the superintendent.

• Eligibility: Exhibitors in the divisions of this department must be bona fide members of Colorado 4-H whose project work and records are certified up-to-date and proper by the appropriate Extension agent. Exhibitors must be at least eight years of age, must not have reached their 19th birthday prior to Jan. 1 of the current year and must satisfy other eligibility requirements (if specified) for a class, to compete in that class.

• 4-H members may enter only once in the same class and members must be enrolled in the exhibited unit.

• 4-H records may be either in pencil, ink, typewritten or computerized. The choice will not affect judging. All parts of the exhibit must be labeled with name and address (with city and county) of exhibitor.

• No exhibit will be released until Sunday, Aug. 8, at 4 p.m.

• Exhibits that exceed project skill, number or size requirements will not be considered for champion or reserve champion. All the 4-H Home Economics, General and Natural Resource projects are judged by the Danish Ribbon System which is based on the following quality and standards:

Blue — Exhibit meets requirements and is of high quality (well done).

Red — Exhibit meets requirements and is of standard quality.

White — Exhibit does not meet all exhibit requirements and/or is below average quality (needs improvement).

• Champion and Reserve Champion ribbons will be awarded from the blue ribbon group only. To be eligible for championship, the exhibitor must participate in interview judging. If there is only one blue ribbon in the class, only a Champion will be designated. The top blue ribbon in each unit of a project will be eligible to go to State Fair. Projects eligible will be designated with a State Fair Sticker.

• Entries will follow the 4-H State Fair Project requirements. Guidelines can be picked up at the Extension Office. Contact Sandy Caves for more information at 264-5931.

Come and get it!

Get your tickets now for the annual 4-H Chuckwagon Dinner, Aug. 7, at the Archuleta County Fair.

We’ve listened to your comments and added more serving lines with less wait time.

The planned menu includes: barbecue beef, sausage, cowboy beans, potato salad, mixed-salad, bread and cobbler. All that and a drink for $10 for ages 13 and up and $5 for ages 12 and under.

Tickets can be purchased for any 4-H member, at the County Extension Office and the Activity Tent that Saturday night at the fair.

So, come out 4–6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, for an excellent meal and stay for the excitement of the 4-H Livestock Auction starting at 6:30. Everyone is invited to participate in this year’s auction as a buyer or add-on by registering at the livestock tent before or during the auction. Livestock animals can also be “split” for purchasing. So you and your family or friends could get together and purchase some top-quality meat.


July 30 — 4 p.m., Open Class Livestock registration deadline.

July 31 — 8 a.m.-noon, County Fair Quilt Show (entries accepted).

Aug. — 3 p.m., 4-H Beginning Sewing project.

Aug. 4 — 1–8 p.m., Open Class County Fair entries accepted.

Aug. 5 — 8-11 a.m., 4-H General Project entry and interviews.

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