Despite the rain Friday night, the weather was great for the first day of the DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties 4-H Fair.
Doug Harland, U of I Extention Director for the three counties, says in addition to being the second year for the combined fair it is also the first year for the open junior livestock show.
Harland indicates 4-H saw a decrease in numbers during the pandemic. Currently, they are focusing on retaining and adding more volunteers.
4-Her Anton Meyen (shown right) was exhibiting his sculptures of an African shoebill and Blue Angelfish made of recycled materials. He says he likes that 4-H lets you try and learn new things.
Exhibitor Callia Meyen was showing a variety of projects including edible flowers, a short story, and visual arts. She likes that 4-H allows you to meet new people and encourages potential members to visit many clubs before joining one.
The 4-H Fair continues tomorrow with swine, rabbit, and sheep shows in addition to general project judging. The fair will conclude Monday morning with the beef show.