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Surviving 4-H Fair Week

Updated on February 26, 2013

4-H week survival

For those of us that have children in 4-H or run a 4-H club, as I do, this week is always the worst week of the year. Here in Idaho, our fair week is in the middle of the extremely hot summer and tempers are very short. Here are a few tips that I have found that help things to go a little smoother during this week and the weeks leadng up to it.

  • Have your entry forms in on time. There is no reason to cause yourself added stress over getting your kid into fair at the last hour. Get them in at least a week in advance if at all possible.
  • If your children are taking animals, make sure that they are up to date on their vaccinations and any other treatments that they need. It is no fun to send someone home due to lack of an animal not having the needed stuff.
  • Get everything that you are going to need ready at least 48 hours ahead of time. Feed bags, buckets, brushes, etc. Have it all ready to go.
  • Have the necessary paperwork ready for check-in time. It is no fun to forget something at home and have to go back to get it and leave the kids and significant other holding the wired animal(s).
  • If you get the chance, do any decorating before the animals come. Place bags, buckets, etc in the pens at this time.
  • INVEST IN LOTS OF WATER. This will not only keep the humans cool and somewhat even tempered, it will prevent other nasty things like heatstroke and headaches at bay.
  • Invest in a roll of disposable wet wipes and a hair remover, like the one that comes on a role and you can peel off the used sticky sheets. These are lifesavers.
  • Always have a small backpack or bag for the days needed essentials, that includes snacks, first aid, and a small coil of rope. You never know when you might need to rig something up or catch a loose goat.
  • Wear shoes that you do not mind spending all day in, like a comfortable pair of tennis shoes or sneakers. Please no high heels or flip-flops, these will result in a trip to the ER, espcially if there are large animals or holes around.
  • If your child wins big at fair, do not go being boastful about it to others around you. It is not very sportsman like.
  • Support the kids and have fun like them. You just might enjoy yourself.

Happy Fair Week

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