Area 4-H clubs showcase talent

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – As the 2012 Belmont County Fair continues, the 4-H clubs from around the local area gather to show off their activities and projects from the calendar year.

4-H is a voluntary educational program for kids ages 5-19, with a very hands on learning approach in a wide range of fields. In Belmont County alone there are close to 600 kids involved in 4-H with local parents volunteering their time to help lead the clubs.

Each year the participants from the area 4-H clubs gather to share projects in the area of interest they choose. Throughout the year, research is done on their topic and concepts learned are demonstrated through posters, demonstrations, and other still exhibits. Entry is free and every project is judged individually. Club booths are also judged on their appearance in such areas as balance, quality, visibility of all projects, and use of theme. Each club chooses a theme to decorate their booth, where later they are assessed head to head against others.

This year was no different, and there were some interesting topics walking around the exhibits, which was housed in the Carnes Center at the Belmont County Fair Grounds. Tuesday was the deadline for all booths to be completed. The judges have concluded with their decisions and all ribbons have been awarded, highlighting some very talented youth from across the valley.

Local standouts also have the opportunity to advance to the Ohio State Fair next summer in July to compete against other 4-H members, in their respective fields, from various clubs across the state for a chance to win statewide honors.

The great food, rides, and many other activities continue through the weekend. There are two tractor pulls Friday and Saturday, both at 7 p.m. Also, Sunday at 1 p.m. the demolition derby will take place. The 2012 Belmont County Fair runs throughout the weekend before concluding on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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