Hartford County 4-H Fair coming to Somers Aug. 16-18

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Somers - posted Wed., Aug. 7, 2013
Ally Greene walks with her Guernsey cow named Presley. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Ally Greene walks with her Guernsey cow named Presley. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Four Town Fairgrounds on Egypt Road in Somers will be hosting the 77th Annual Hartford County 4-H Fair on Aug. 16-18. Included in the busy schedule of events will be a 4-H Olympics which is open to the public, as well as educational animal talks offered throughout the weekend.

“We will be showing our animals and the way we handle them at these events,” said Emily Syme, the head of publications for the Hartford County 4-H group. This is the 13 year-old’s fifth year with 4-H.

The four Hs stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. The organization teaches the members how to be a productive part of society at a very early age. The members hope to have the support of a large crowd at the fair.

Among the expected events are: 4-H livestock exhibits and shows; non-animal exhibits and demonstrations; 4-H dog and equine shows; doodlebug draws as well as horse draws; live bands; children’s entertainment; craft shows; an outdoor movie, “Barnyard”; amusements and food.

The Austin Harlow Memorial 5K Road Race will take place on Sunday, Aug. 18. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 9 a.m. This is a new addition to the 4-H fair. Runners may register online at www.hartfordcounty4hfair.org. All proceeds of this race will go to the Hartford County 4-H Fair Association.

The Celebrity Goat Obstacle Course will be held on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Local celebrities will learn from 4-H members how to maneuver a goat and compete for first place.

Families are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the festivities. On Saturday at 8:30 p.m., regardless of weather, the movie “Barnyard” will be showing for everyone’s entertainment. Outside food or beverages allowed on to the fairgrounds at any time, but food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The musical entertainment consists of the Paul Tyler Band on Friday at 7 p.m. and AJ Jansen on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Along with a horse draw scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m., there will be swine, horse, rabbit, cow, sheep and goat shows. For the full schedule of events, visit www.hartfordcounty4hfair.org.

Fair hours are; Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 children 7-12 or seniors 65 and over, and free for children 6 and under. Parking is free. All proceeds go directly to the Hartford County 4-H Fair Association.

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