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For local 4-Hers, fair season is nonstop action [West Friendship]

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Just a few days left to enjoy all the razzle dazzle of the 68th Howard County Fair in West Friendship. Don't forget to check out the bandstand on Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. when West Friendship's Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club president John Frank will once again perform with his band Lone Mountain.

Just a few days left to enjoy all the razzle dazzle of the 68th Howard County Fair in West Friendship. Don't forget to check out the bandstand on Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. when West Friendship's Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club president John Frank will once again perform with his band Lone Mountain.

Last week found 4-H members Mitchell and Ellie Feaga dutifully tending their cows and pigs in the livestock barns where they had stocked the loads of feed purchased at Southern States shortly before the fair began. Mitchell said the load of feed was so huge that they had to fill up the back of their Dad's pickup in order to haul it home.

Besides livestock work, the siblings spent most of July preparing gardening entries of zucchini, squash, cucumbers and tomatoes. Posters for the parade, outfits for their animals for the new zoo revue, sewing and craft projects, baked goods for entry and lots of rest in preparation for a week at the fair, was the name of the game for the Feagas.

"At this time of year, the fair is the only thing on our mind," said rising eighth grader Mitchell.

Similar busy goings on for the active members of the West Friendship Livestock 4-H. Club reporter Matthew Physh shared a sampling of his fellow club members activities in preparation for and during the full week of the fair. Matthew encourages folks to stop by and say hello during the fair. Even further, he hopes that other kids might be encouraged to join 4-H after seeing their peers involved in the world of 4-H.

Matthew is the first to point out that all projects are not livestock projects. Matthew and his brother Jonathan exhibited photographs and entered baked goods. Austin Johnson showed off his woodworking skills and horticultural expertise with several blue ribbon hopeful entries. Grace Meyer can be found in the livestock stalls, tending her five pigs, two lambs, one breeding ewe, goats, and ducks. If that isn't enough to keep her busy, Grace was also spotted showing her horse and setting up her exhibits in photography and sewing.

Charlie Coles, a youth member of the Livestock Sale Committee, is showing market pigs and goats. Bethany Arrington, according to Matthew Physh is "hounded" with responsibility while showing her dogs along with a variety of entries including canned preserves, jellies, candies and jams .

Chris Buckley's fudge entry always has the judges smiling. The Yencha siblings, Michael and Breanne, heard a few "Wow's" when showing their Katahdin and Tunis breeding sheep. Caroline Beall beamed with pride as she showed her magnificent Mustang horse Lucas for the very first time. The Thomas siblings, Laura, Rachel and Nathan, showed pigs and Rachel entered a decorated cake.

William Fiege had visitors buzzing over his homemade honey and jellies and his beekeeping project. Eric Fiege competes with his dog Max in the dog rally. The Fiege brothers also showed their market pigs in the ring. Livestock Club 4-H members Breanne Yencha and Grace Meyer are both candidates for the coveted title of the Farm Bureau's "Little Miss Howard County".

Stop by the Lions Club food stand where the Physh brothers would love to chat up their club as well as dole out some good eatin'. The West Friendship Livestock Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the 4-H building at the fairgrounds. Anyone ages 8 to 18 is invited to join the club. As Matthew says, "We are one busy bunch of 4-H'ers".

Spur and Stirrup 4-H vice president Nikki Wolfrey is looking forward to her senior year at Glenelg High School. The twelfth grader has been busy with regular summer job duties but busier still during the week of the Howard County Fair. Nikki's aim was to "borrow" someone's sheep for showing during fair week but was absolute when mentioning that a highlight of the summer was Aug. 3 when she proudly showed her horse Laurel.

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