|Checking out the chicks
Drake Hudson, 3, chirps happily as he peers through a mesh cage at a gaggle of baby chicks housed in the FFA Barn. The 3-year-old is the son of Cassey and Kyle Hudson of the London area.
Drew Hudson, 11, son of Cassey and Kyle Hudson of the London area, can’t help smiling as he gently holds a chick inside the FFA Barn. He visited the fair on July 7 with family members.
|Getting a summer hairdo
Kendra Wilk (left) holds her Nubian market goat still while Ruth Ernst shears the animal. Wilk is a member of the Eager Achievers 4-H Club and a resident of Grove City. Ernst is an advisor for the club.
|Hanging out among the herbs
Helen Haenszel of West Jefferson stops by the Madison Herb Society’s display at the fairgrounds. A member of the group, Haenszel watered the display’s plants with help from her grandchildren, Brandon Edwards, 6, and Lauren Edwards, 3, of Hilliard.
The Madison Herb Society was founded in October 1987. Members travel to gardens, study, plant their own gardens and then use the herbs. They meet the third Monday of each month at a member’s home or at Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library in West Jefferson. Meetings include shared herbal foods and recipes, an Herb of the Month and a program prepared and presented by a member. The group gives talks at public venues and sets up a display at the fair every year.
The non-profit daontes proceeds from its annual white elephant auction go to libraries, Adopt a Family, and food pantries. For more information, contact Madison Herb Society President Tina DeLong.
|Dairy cow takes a bath
Dustin Howell, 9, of St. Mary’s, Ohio, hoses down a cow that belongs to his uncle, Joe Dicke of New Bremen, Ohio. Howell and Dicke were in London to compete in the open class dairy show on July 7.
|A clean goat is a happy goat
Jessica Richards, 16, a member of the Jumpers and Flyers 4-H Club, washes her Boer market goat. Richards is the 2008 Junior Fair dog ambassador, dog showman of showmen, and small animal showman of showmen. For her small animal projects, she showed rats and a cat.
David Harris puts in some practice time with his market rabbit in the Small Animal Barn. The 9-year-old is a first-year 4-Her and member of the Jumpers and Flyers Club.
Dylan Crace, 12, winds up with a giant bat he won on the midway. Crace shows hogs at the fair as a member of the Fairfield Rascals 4-H Club. He is a resident of Big Plain.
|Hopping good time
Nick Justus, 14, jumps as fast as he can to complete his leg of the sack race, one of many events that make up the Junior Fair Ag Olympics. Justus is a member of the Country Pride 4-H Club.
|On-the-go money search
Jacob Toops (back), 8, drives the wheelbarrow while his friends—Eli Williams, 11; Jake Datz, 12; and Hunter Buttin, 12—use plastic spoons to search for pennies in the dirt. Junior Fair Board member Lauren Thobe (far right) monitored the timed, on-the-go race, which was part of the Ag Olympics on July 7. In the end, the boys found 20 pennies.
The Green Range 4-H Club delved into this year’s fair theme, "Set Sail and Away We Go," to decorate their booth in the Youth Arena.