Just minutes after the official opening of the Harvey County Fair, Alaxis Jensen of Newton was sitting at the judging tables for the first time.
This was her first full county fair as a 4-H member. She looked a bit nervous as judges sampled her baked goods as her mother looked on.
"They were asking be questions," Jensen said.
She answered each to the best of her ability. She watched as judges cut into her three different entries —plates full of muffins and cookies — and sampled what she had made. They scribbled notes, and talked with her about each of her entries.
When they were done, they awarded her three blue ribbons.
"I am very excited," Jensen said.
So was her mother. Alaxis and her mother have been waiting for this day, the first run at the fair, for a while.
"Four generations on my side of my family are bakers," Loni Jensen said. "She has been waiting to be old enough to be in 4-H. I have pictures of her at about three years old cracking eggs and learning how to bake."
Jeremey Jensen, Alaxis' father, was waiting at the end of the judging line, and beamed with pride as Alaxis showed off her three blue ribbons.
"This is amazing," said Anne Pitts, Harvey County K-State Research and Extension Agent. "She made her own product, and that is great. Blue is above average. This is what the fair is about, doing well. My guess she worked on her recipe for the year and worked to perfect it."
As Alaxis was showing off, and getting congratulatory hugs from her father, the judging continued on behind her. Friday evening was a night for 4-H Foods judging; 4-H and Open Woodworking judging; 4-H rocketry judging; small engines and electricity judging; check in for some livestock; the carnival; and the annual rodeo.
It was, in a word, a busy night.
The fair will continue throughout the weekend.
A full schedule of events is listed below.
Nightly — 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 4 to 8, Carnival
8 to 10 a.m. — Exhibit Check-In (Check Department for specific check-in times)
8 to 10 a.m. — Exhibit Check-In Home Arts Division
8 to 11 a.m. — Open and 4-H - Floriclture, Horticulture and Crop Check-In
8 to 11 a.m. — 4-H and open poultry Check in
8:30 to 10 a.m. — 4-H Arts and Crafts and Fiber Arts Judging
8:30 a.m. — Registration for Pedal Pull, Athletic Park
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Market At The Park - Athletic Park (North End)
9 to 11 a.m. — Ag Fest, Sponsored by Harvey Co. Farm Bureau Association, Southwest Dairy Farmers Association and First Bank. Athletic Park
9:15 a.m. — Pedal Pull, Athletic Park. Sponsors: Harvey County Farm Bureau Association and JandM Ag Service Inc.; Trophy, Citizens State Bank
10 a.m. — 4-H Beef Check In
10:30 a.m. — 4-H Project Displays, Posters and Notebooks Judging. Open Home Arts Division Judging
10:30 a.m. — Registration for Turtle Race, Athletic Park
11 a.m. — Turtle Race. Dr Randy Jasperson, Don Bonewitz Ag Max Crop Insurance Co.
11 a.m. — Open and 4-H Geology Judging
Noon — 4-H Booths and Banners Judging
Noon — 4-H Photography Judging
Noon — 4-H and open judging begins for the following: Crops, Garden, Floriculture and Forestry
12:30 p.m. — 4-H FFA Poultry Show
12:30 p.m. — 4-H Entomology Judging,
1 p.m. — Veggie Garden Judging
2:30 p.m. — 4-H Bucket Calf Poster and Interviews
4 to 8 p.m. — 4-H Foods Silent Auction
5:30 p.m. — Parade - Downtown
4-H and Open Swine Judging
6 to 8 p.m. — Free Child Identification Sponsored by Harvey County Sheriff Department
8 p.m. – Newton Saddle Club Rodeo, CPRA Sanctioned
8 a.m. — Harvey County Farm Bureau Association and Mid Kansas Coop Assn. Free Breakfast for Exhibitors and Parents
8:30 to 9 a.m. — Church service (non-denominational). Athletic Park, North of band shell.
9 a.m. — Dairy goat show, 4-H and Open Dairy show
10 a.m. — 4-H Rabbit Show
Noon — 4-H Bucket Calf Show
1 p.m. — 4-H and Open Beef Show
6:30 p.m. — Demolition Derby. Sponsors: Bumper to Bumper. Adults $10, kids 11 and Under $5
9 a.m. — 4-H and open goat show
10:30 a.m. – 4-H and open breeding sheep show, followed by 4-H market and showmanship
10:30 a.m. — Youth Horticulture Judging
1 to 3 p.m. — 4-H FCS Activities in 4-H Building
2 p.m. — Livestock Judging
2:30 p.m. — Livestock Judging Contest
6:30 p.m. – 4-H Dog Costume Contest
6:30 p.m. — ATV Rodeo
8 p.m. — Animals released except round robin
9 a.m. — Check in
12:30 p.m. — Round robin contest practice
2:15 p.m. — Registration for 4-H Barnyard Olympics, Livestock Arena
2:30 p.m. — Barnyard Olympics
4 to 7 p.m. — All Other Exhibits Released
6:30 p.m. — Round Robin Showmanship Contest
7 p.m. — Watermelon Feed sponsored by Central National Bank
7:30 p.m. — 4-H Livestock and Champion 4-H Food Auction
9 a.m. — Fairgrounds Clean-Up