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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. –
Garland County Fair time is just around the corner! Right now lots of 4-H kids are
watching over and preparing their animals for the fair. They are carefully monitoring
whether or not they are eating properly. The kids are measuring out feed quantities
that will grow their animal to be the best in its division. Hours will be spent feeding,
cleaning stalls, and handling the animals in order to have them ready for the show
ring by the September event.
What if a young person doesn’t show an animal? What if they live in an area
where animals are not allowed or maybe they do not have room for raising an animal?
There is a place and an event for every youth who would like to participate in the
fair! In the Youth Baked Goods Department, a young person can enter cookies, cakes,
yeast bread, quick bread, pies, and candy such as caramels, fudge, divinity, brittle,
and many others! Perhaps Food Preservation is more suitable for the youth’s taste.
They can enter preserved foods of all varieties--vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies,
and pickles. Herbs and dried foods can be entered as well as honey.
Maybe food isn’t a young person’s best talent. How about sewing? Youth can
enter items they construct. Some of the options are household linens, infant clothing,
youth wear, dolls, animals or toys with handmade clothing, and decorated or embellished
clothing, hand bags, tote bags. Along with embellished constructed items, youth can
embellish purchased clothing, linens, and accessories, too. A quilt division is offered
for the youth of Garland County. Youth can submit items they have knitted, crocheted,
cross stitched, embroidered, or woven.
Craft is another area for youth to participate in the fair. Among last year’s
craft possibilities were macramé, rugs, basketry, weaving, wood burning and wood carving,
ceramics, wreathes, flowers, arrangements, potpourri, flower pots, holiday crafts,
and hobby collections.
Youth can participate in fine arts and photography. The fine arts possibilities
include many different modes of painting, drawing, and pastels. Photography includes
color and/or black and white photos of just about anything. Youth participants can
also write poetry and short stories.
Horticulture is another area of youth competition. Youth can submit plants,
floral arrangements, and garden and farm products. Don’t forget to submit your Giant
Pumpkins and Giant Watermelons!
Kids can take advantage of the talent show. Categories include vocal solo, vocal
group, dance solo, dance group, and instrumental solo and group. They can enter the
Fair Queen Contest, Junior Miss, Princess, Little Miss, or Tiny Tot contests. Don’t
miss out on a week of showcasing and celebrating the people of our county.
The Garland County Fair is a community endeavor. It is a time when the people
of the county bring projects they have been working on—whether it is animals, food,
crafts, or plants—to showcase. Fair time is quickly approaching. The Fair Books
will be available on-line and in print soon. Make plans to look at all the different
entry possibilities and submit one or several entries. Don’t forget to read all the
important information for each category. Entry forms are required for several of
the categories and deadlines for entries may vary. Make the most of the County Fair
and submit your entries to help make it the best one ever!
For more information on entering items in the fair, contact the Garland County Extension
Office at 623-6841 or 922-4703, email Linda at email@example.com, or visit our website at www.uaex.uada.edu.
We have several 4-H clubs for our Garland county youth who are 5 to 19 years old.
For more information on all the fun 4-H activities there are, call the Extension Office
at 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email Linda Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in joining an existing Extension Homemakers Club? EHC is the largest
volunteer organization in the state. For information on EHC call 623-6841 or 922-4703
or email email@example.com.
If you’re interested in becoming a Master Gardener and would like more information,
you’re welcome to attend their monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1pm at the Elks Lodge. You may also call the Extension
office on 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
By Linda Bates County Extension Agent - 4-HThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Linda Bates County Extension Agent - 4-H U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 236 Woodbine Hot Springs AR 71901 (501) 623-6841 email@example.com
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative
action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need
materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other
appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.