4-H experiences Madera Fair

By Eden Hussey / 4-h CorrespondentSeptember 20, 2012 

Coarsegold 4-H Club members had a great time participating in the Sept. 6-9 Madera Fair.

My brother, sister and I all show poultry. My brother and I had market turkeys that went for sale at the fair auction. Tuesday, Sept. 4, was weigh-in day when all the fair animals were brought to the fairgrounds to get weighed in and put in their pens. We set-up our signs, food and water and made sure the animals were comfortable. Market pigs, beef, lambs and goats will be shown on different days during the fair and go for auction on Saturday, Sept. 8.

There is a lot of work that goes into all the animals that are entered at the fair. First, we raise the animal from birth or buy a baby animal. Then we feed it, water it and make sure the animal lives in a good place. The fair is fun and allows us to see friends we haven't seen in awhile, help other kids who are new, and to get help from kids who know more than me.

Only market animals were sold at auction. Poultry, rabbits, dairy animals and dogs are different because they do not get sold at auction. They are raised to only be shown and judged.

All the market animals are fed well and are never given any drugs so buying a market animal from the fair is a great way to get quality meat for your family. Buyers and supporters are important to us because when we sell our animal, we can pay back parents or bank loans used to purchase the baby animals and feed.

Coarsegold 4-H fair winners

Lucas Wade: 1st place mini-member rabbit showmanship, Dutch Best of Breed

Taylor Wade: 3rd place Senior showmanship in rabbits and chicken, Californians Best of Breed and Best Opposite Breed, and Reserve chicken.

Jessica Wade: 3rd place Intermediate rabbit showmanship, 6th in advanced. 10th meat rabbit, 5th meat market rabbit class.

Eden Hussey: Best of Show 4-H Arts & Crafts, 5th place Intermediate chicken showmanship

Emma Hussey: 2nd place mini-member chicken showmanship, Best of show 4-H Floriculture

Christian Cramblett: 3rd in class in swine, 4th place overall swine showmanship

Coarsegold 4-H Livestock Judging team: (James Gonzalez, Elyjah & Eden Hussey) 2nd place team sheep, 3rd place team goats and James Gonzalez: 2nd place sheep judging as an individual

You don't have to be a student at Coarsegold Elementary to be a member of Coarsegold 4-H, you can live anywhere in Madera County as long as you can come to our meetings. Our group meetings are at 7 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at the Coarsegold Community Center.

Details: Pat Strimling, (559) 683-5149.

4-H Statement: Madera County 4-H Youth Program is a non-profit organization for youth who are 9 years old or who have completed the 3rd grade and up to age 19 years of age.

4-H Statement: Madera County 4-H Youth Program is a non-profit organization for youth who are 9 years old or who have completed the 3rd grade and up to age 19 years of age.

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