Among those participating are the four children, ages 9 to 15, of Mary Kay Kennedy of Mount Vision. They got involved when two were awarded animals through a 4-H program last year. This year, two others wanted to be involved. Kennedy said she and her husband don’t have a traditional farm but provide space for the children to raise their 4-H animals, which include pigs, cows, sheep and chicken.
“It gives them a sense of responsibility and gives them a better understanding where their food comes from,” he said.
Other activities at 4-H Martin Hall include Tuesday to Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. robotics activities for children 5 to 12. There is a 4-H talent show at the building Saturday at 7 p.m. There is also a 4-H snack bar and store in the building, along with members projects.
The Tired Iron of Butternut Valley will have a 4-mile antique tractor ride Sunday beginning at 3 p.m. at the fairground. The event will benefit the American Cancer Society and residents are invited to come prior to the parade to sponsor a driver. The group will also raffle off a load of firewood also to benefit the cancer society.
Fair entry clerk Peg Dutcher said the barns open to those not in 4-H are full as well, with totals about the same as last year. Maintaining good participation from the agricultural community is important to the fair board, she said. There are more than 350 exhibitors who will not only be showing animals but such things as fruit and vegetables, antique machinery and wine.