Sedgwick County Fair Brings Fun, Food, and 4-H

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It may be summer, and school's out, but on Wednesday, the Holmes sisters will receive their grades.

Not on homework, but on their 4-H projects.

"I like getting the ribbons, seeing how well i do with my projects," said 12-year-old Alexandra Holmes.

The girls are competing in the Sedgwick County fair. The four-day fair kicks off Wednesday in Cheney, with all the usual attractions and some new features.

"We've got some new food vendors, the demolition derby people have cooked up something involving pickup trucks, which i'm not real sure about, but i'm sure it will be entertaining," said Marti Johnson, Sedgwick County Fair Board vice president.

Also, a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to improve the fair experience.

There have been website upgrades, new lighting at the arena, and a new twitter account.

"We're on twitter, we're tweeting," Johnson said.

While there are a number of new changes at the fair this year, the county fair staple, remains.

"A lot of our energy is devoted towards showcasing what the 4-H kids have worked on all year and that's a really important component for us," Johnson said.

There are a number of 4-H categories .

"Whatever strikes your fancy really," said 14-year-old Kyra Holmes. She and her two sisters plan to show off their work in the areas of photography, foods, and clothing construction,

"I latchhooked the front part, and i sewed on this part, and i fluffed it up," said 10-year-old Samantha Holmes.

"4-H is a really amazing organization, it teaches a lot of leadership skills, it teaches character," Johnson said. "It teaches these kids how to be productive involved grownups."

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