Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Comment Regarding Fair Theme Decorations

We've had a couple of families inquiring about how to decorate for the fair theme of Farm to Fair to Home. You're welcome to employ your creativity and do whatever you want, but if you're stuck, here's our idea.

This is a GREAT opportunity to educate the public about about what happens in 4-H and with animal care in all three places mentioned. Start with your farm. Show photos, add descriptions, tell people the history of your family and your farm. If you borrow animals, mention that and give credit to the farm owners who help you out. If you bought your animals from another breeder, showcase that person's farm.

For the fair portion, display the steps of what you had to do to get ready for the fair. Think of all the hours of walking, washing, training, planning; most fairgoers don't realize what you do. If you attend other fairs or shows, include those, too.

For the home part, what will you do after the fair? Tell the story of breeding animals that are returned to the farm and how you will make decisions regarding their progeny. For market animals, promote the high quality meat that you have produced and what makes it premium compared to other products. 4-H livestock shows are local foods at their best!

There are a number of ways to convey these messages, but pictures are always good. You should use large photos whenever possible, because fairgoers will be eight or more feet away from most displays and we want them to be able to see. Another approach to your display could be to use a tri-fold or three-panel display. First, the farm, then the fair, and then home.

Again, these are just suggestions, so feel free to use your creativity and tell your story however works best for you! Good luck!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Auction Brochures Now Ready - Available Online or from the Extension Office

The annual 4-H auction brochures for the Orange County Fair are now available. These can be used as a resource to take with you when visiting potential buyers for the auction. Remember, you also need to produce a personalized flyer or letter to take with you as well.

The brochures are available at the Extension office or online: https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxvY3ZhNGh8Z3g6MWQyOGFlY2RkYWMxYmZjOQ.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Orange County Fair Schedule Reposted

We can tell it's almost Fair time because we're getting lots of calls. Shown below is a repost from May 12 with the schedule of 4-H shows at the Orange County Fair. We checked the fair's website today and it's still under construction.

We did find out that the Fair catalogs are being distributed in this week's Orange Review, so be sure to buy a copy of that and keep the insert! In addition to the complete schedule, the insert will also include entry information for arts and crafts, baked goods, garden and farm produce, etc. We know you 4-H'ers have great things to enter!!!

Fair Dates: July 22-25, 2015 (note the four-day schedule this year!)

Fair Theme: "Farm to Fair to Home"  You may wish to use this for decorating stalls/pens and Cloverbud wagons.

4-H Schedule at the Fair:

Wednesday of Fair Week

            Animals may arrive prior to fair’s scheduled opening time. Please, no arrivals while the fair is open to the public. This is for everyone’s safety.

Thursday of Fair Week

9:00 AM                        All animals must be on grounds.
Official ending weigh-in for market & feeder animals
11:00 AM                      Exhibitor Meeting (Show ring)
(or following weigh-in)
6:00 PM                        Pretty Animal Contest, sponsored and managed by the Dairy Club; open to all exhibitors with halter-led animals
7:00 PM                        4-H Hog Show

Friday of Fair Week

          4:00 PM                        4-H Lamb & Market Goat Show
          7:00 PM                        4-H Beef Show

Saturday of Fair Week

              8:30 AM                    4-H Dairy Goat Show 
              9:00 AM                    Archery Club of Orange Target Face Tournament
10:00 AM                    4-H Bottle Babies Show
10:30 AM                    Archery Club 3D Tournament
12:00 PM                     4-H Dairy Show
              4:00 PM                     4-H Auction

Sunday of Fair Week

9:00 AM                        Fairgrounds Clean-up – plan to stay until it’s complete!