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The Weld County Fair might be an annual showcase for big animals and agriculture but the heart of the annual event is the youth contests, pitting youth from local 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America and scout troops.
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The Weld County Fair might be an annual showcase for big animals and agriculture but the heart of the annual event is the youth contests, showcasing youth from local 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America, and Boys and Girls Scouts.
And what's more, according to Frederick resident Stephanie Miller, it rewards kids for learning things they don't get elsewhere.
Her kids, Madison and Wyatt Miller from Frederick joined the Firestone Free Thinkers 4-H Club this past January.
"We decided to put the kids in 4-H to learn some skills that I can't give them," Stephanie said. "Wyatt wanted to learn about using tools and woodworking with Mr. Ron Martin club leader. He is a great asset to join this club. With Maddie already going down the road learning about agriculture we thought it would be good for her too and her future. They plan on doing multiple projects."
The 104th Weld County fair runs from July 24 through Aug. 1.
Madison Miller, 15, a sophomore at Mead High School, is inspired by photography, so she entered a photo she took in the fine arts category at the fair.
"I take photos of simple things in life and make them pretty. I like taking photos and it's fun," Madison said.
Madison took home three ribbons and grand champion in photography at the fair.
"I was so surprised to get grand champion for photography! I am very honored and pleased that my hard work paid off," Madison said.
Madison likes her history class and is in the agricultural program at school, and after graduation, she will pursue a degree in agriculture.
"I want to do something with animals like livestock," she said.
Wyatt is ten years old, will be a fifth grader at Legacy Elementary, and loves math. He chose woodworking and won two ribbons and a champion certificate for his project, a footstool.
"I thought it would be fun making something for their first time," Wyatt said. "I was very happy to get champion in my group, and it makes me feel more confident in my new skill," Wyatt said.
Stephanie Miller said she has no complaints. Wyatt's coach did a great job explaining safety on how to use the tools to Wyatt. And then together, they made a footstool.
"They work hard and had five months to get it all done and understand how 4-H works. It's been a wonderful experience with the club they belong to in Frederick. The folks there are friendly and have good leaders and all of the members and parents," Stephanie Miller said.
"It was fun the kids got to hang out and get to know each other better, as well as the parents and leaders," Stephanie said.
Platte Valley High School student Paige Pointer is from Kersey and a member of the High Plains Ag 4-H club, where she participates in the show English Riding horsemanship category. She has been competing for two years.
"I wanted to get into the competition because we have horses and have been riding horses my whole life," Pointer, 16, said. "We took one of our horses to a trainer, and I've been showing Reined cow horses and Bristol show horses at the world show level. It's enjoyable and I love it."
When she graduates, she wants to be an anesthesiologist.
Hannah Chambers, 15, from Roggen, also participates in the English Riding horsemanship category with the Waggoneers 4-H club. Chambers has been riding since she could walk and has been showing horses since she was two years old. She is a Junior at Weld Central High School and wants to be a veterinarian.
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