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The DeWitt County 4-H Fair has come and gone for the season.

The  width=fair ran this past weekend at the DeWitt County 4-H fairgrounds.

According to organizers, the weather was traditional fair weather, very hot with lots of sunshine. The fair featured people of all ages presenting visual art projects, baked goods, home grown produce, and of course livestock.

Kim Gibbons with the U of I extension in DeWitt County says this years fair was a huge success. She says this year there were approximately 200 4-H members. Something new to the events this year were shooting sports. Gibbons says the shotgun competition took place Thursday evening and by all indications, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the event. She notes as well the shooting sports are available to everyone, even those outside of 4-H.

[audio:4hfair.mp3]A Word From Gibbons[/audio]

Being in 4-H for some means the opportunity to take on leadership roles. One of those leadership roles is being a Junior Assistant. Denae Spencer is a Junior Assistant, she says being a Junior Associate is a good opportunity, and part of the responsibility is shadowing a Superintendent.

[audio:4hfair2.mp3]A Word From Spencer[/audio]

Billy Blue is a 17-year old 4-H member. He says 4-H is a great opportunity to learn different skills that will get utilized throughout your life.

[audio:4hfair3.mp3]A Word From Blue[/audio]

Sherry Fulton with the U of I extension in DeWitt County says 4-H is a great opportunity to learn hands on skills away from a school setting but to learn the skills that interest each individual.

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The new 4-H year begins again September 1. Organizers encourage anyone interested in learning more about 4-H to stop by the U of I Extension offices at 8425 Katie Road, just outside of Clinton. Or you can call them at 935-5764.

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