Randolph County Fair Combines Rides, Livestock

8 years 2 months 1 hour ago Wednesday, July 21 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:40:04 PM CDT July 21, 2010 in News

The kids are competing for the chance to win a ribbon or trophy. At the end of the week, all the money from entry fees will be given out as prize money.

Randolph County Fair Vice President Marla Stegall said the most important part of showing animals is the reward of winning something, "It's very rewarding and it gives them something to look forward to next year. If they win a blue ribbon, I encourage my kids in my 4-H club to come back and try harder next year to get a championship ribbon."

When they're not competing in events this week, they're preparing.

Stegall's daughter Marie McSparen said, "I spend most of my time, day and night out here, taking care of all the animals, making sure they have food, water, taken care of and ready for the show."

But it's not just about showing livestock, it's about family, making friends, and learning life skills.

"I wanted Marie to learn the leadership skills that I learned form 4-H," said Stegall.  

"We've always been a 4-H family," said Ashley's Grandma, Donna Lewis.

"It started with the girls, and then our granddaughters and now the great-grandaughter," said Pat Hartung, Ashley's great-grandmother.

McSparen says she has friends from all over the state and nation beacuse of 4-H and FFA.

The fair runs through Saturday night.

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