OTTAWA — 4-H is always in season, hence this year’s LaSalle County 4-H Show and Junior Fair theme: “Seasons of 4-H.” Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall …we’re 4-H’ers through it all!”
The fair kicks off Wednesday, July 11, with entertainment from the Broken Horn Rodeo beginning at 7 p.m. at the LaSalle County Fairgrounds on the south side of Ottawa. 4-H clubs are busy completing projects and cleaning up the fairgrounds in preparation of putting on a great show. The “Seasons of 4-H” fair theme will reflect the year-round projects, service learning and community activities the 4-H members participate in.
• Thursday, July 12 — judging starts on non-livestock projects. This includes everything from aerospace to zucchini. There is also cake decorating, a dog show and a style review of the 4-H’ers clothing projects. The Illini State Pullers truck and tractor pull will close the evening events starting at 7 p.m.
• Friday, July 13 — the goat, swine, horse, poultry and dairy shows begin in the morning followed by the sheep show at 2 p.m. The public speaking contest, “Speak Out for 4-H,” will be held at 1 p.m. in Exhibit Hall 3. The Illini State Pullers return at 7 p.m. for more truck and tractor pulls with a seed auction during intermission.
• Saturday, July 14 — the beef and rabbit shows start the morning events with the Beef Showmanship following. Many fun activities and events will be taking place throughout the day. Funny Magic Guy and Circus Boy will provide three shows each throughout the afternoon. The evening will offer a fair auction at 4:30 p.m. in the show arena, with numerous items for sale and proceeds benefiting LaSalle County 4-H programming. Evening entertainment will be the demolition derby at 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 15 — the horse show begins at 8 a.m. The ADM Master Showman contest will also begin at 11 a.m. in the show barn. The Parade of Excellence, which takes place at 2:30 p.m., will provide 4-H members a chance to showcase their outstanding projects and highlight any special awards they have received. At the close of the fair, the projects will be released.