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Hartford County 4-H Fair

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76th ANNUAL HARTFORD COUNTY 4-H FAIR COORDINATED BY LOCAL YOUTH

Features American Red Cross Blood Drive, 5K road
race, and outdoor movie night

August 17-19, 2012, Somers, CT  (FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE) - The annual Hartford County 4-H Fair features three full days of fun and activities for visitors on the third weekend of August each year. This event is held at the on Egypt Road in Somers, CT.
Throughout the weekend, visitors are entertained with 4-H livestock exhibits and shows, non-animal exhibits and demonstrations, 4-H dog and horse shows, doodlebug and horse draws, live bands, children’s entertainment, food, and more. 

The 4-H Program offers young people opportunities to learn about areas of interest to them. Not only can they explore new activities, but they may also find an
area they want to explore in depth over time. Individuals might be drawn to traditional animal programs or might want to study and produce exhibits for photography, explore robots using LEGO Mindstorms, create educational displays or PowerPoint presentations, demonstrations or speeches, develop their skills in fine arts or more. The 4-H program helps participants to develop life skills that they continue to use throughout their lives.

The Hartford County 4-H Fair Association members work with their adult advisors to plan the annual Hartford County 4-H Fair.  Teen members hold leadership positions throughout the year to plan the organization, publicity, entertainment, obtain judges and bands, and all other
aspects of the fair. The 4-H members who serve as officers and committee members for the annual Hartford County 4-H fair learn to run a business through authentic, real-life experiences. Working with their adult mentors, they learn
all aspects of organizing and running a major event, including organizing and running business meetings, creating business relationships with outside vendors
and partners, and keeping spending within a budget. These and other life skills not only help them to plan the fair, but will be valuable to them for future careers and in school.

Adam Pierce, President of the Hartford County 4-H
Fair Association, will always credit 4-H and all of its adult leaders whenever he is asked what have been some of the most influential forces in his life. Adam has been involved with 4-H since he was nine and his projects ranged from
goats to donkeys and GIS/GPS mapping to leadership skills. He credits all of his knowledge and skills to his leaders and his motivation to all of the opportunities he would have not have had if 4-H wasn't there for
kids like him.  Adam states, "Don't be afraid to try new things. You don't have to live on a farm to be involved. 4-H has so many programs like robotics and computer science that animals are only a part of what they have to
offer, I recommend 4-H to everyone."

There are new additions to the fair this year, including Flying High Frisbee Dogs demonstrations on Saturday afternoon and the Scantic Valley Antique Engine Club
will be showcased on Saturday and Sunday.  In addition, there will be various afternoon activities on Saturday
including a Tom Sawyer Fence Painting Contest, a scavenger hunt, and a dress like a farmer contest.  There will be an outdoor movie shown rain or shine at dark. 
Families are welcome to bring blankets and chairs, but no outside food or beverage. 

Returning to this year’s fair will be a blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross on Saturday from 9 AM - 2 PM.  Participants are asked to pre-register if possible. 
The battle of the bands competition and the 5 K road race will be returning this year.  The battle of the bands competition will be held on Friday beginning at 6 PM and will feature local bands of youth up to age 21.  There
are still openings available for bands to participate.  The information for bands is available at www.hartfordcounty4-H.uconn.edu.  The Scottish Highland Dancers will be
performing on Saturday.  The celebrity donkey show will be held on Saturday, August 18th at 4 PM and will feature
local celebrities.  They will learn from 4-H members how to show a donkey and compete for first place.  A final addition to this year’s fair is a 5 K road race on Sunday.  The race will begin and end at the fairgrounds and all proceeds benefit Hartford County 4-H Fair.   Runners can register for the race at www.hartfordcounty4-H.uconn.edu

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills through their 4-H project work. 4-H members in Connecticut range in age from 7 through 19, and through their project focus
areas, they learn life skills such as goal setting, event and activity planning, implementation of projects, cooperative learning, decision making, community service and leadership. 4-H projects can range from traditional
animal projects to GIS/GPS technology, computers, photography and woodworking.

“The four H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Opportunities young people experience in the 4-H Program help to develop skills related to those areas.  Youth learn managing and thinking - Head, relating and caring -Heart, giving and working - Hands, and healthy living -Health. These skills not only help youth to learn more about themselves and their own potential, but in how they relate to others in their lives. These are skills they will use throughout their lives,” said Dr. Linda Horn.

The annual 4-H fair will take place on Friday August 17th through Sunday August 19th, 2012 at the Four Town Fairgrounds located on Egypt Road in Somers CT, just off of Route 83. Admission pricing is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and children 7-12, and free for children 6 and under. Parking is free.  All proceeds go directly to the

Hartford County 4-H Fair Association.

This year’s fair entertainment features a battle of the bands competition on Friday, August 17th starting at 6 PM; Gale County on Saturday August 18th at 6:00 PM, and Bobby Carlson and the Stone Rivers Band on Sunday August 19th at 1:30 PM.   Other entertainment includes Scottish dancing, Frisbee dogs, and an outdoor movie on Saturday night.

4-H is the Youth Development program of the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Department of Extension.  For more information about 4-H, the annual Hartford County 4-H Fair or the 4-H Youth Development Program, contact Linda Horn, Hartford County 4-H Program Specialist at 860-570-9074 or
linda.horn@uconn.edu. For additional information about the Hartford County 4-H Fair, visit www.hartfordcounty4-H.uconn.edu.

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