I am really excited.  The Harvey County Free Fair starts Aug. 5.

I am really excited.  The Harvey County Free Fair starts Aug. 5.
On Friday night, exhibits are being accepted and some will be judged. Be sure to check your fair books for exact entry time.
There are too many different times for me to go over them in detail. The schedule is filled with fun things for the whole family.
The turtle races are back. They will be on Saturday with registration starting at 12:30 p.m., and the races begin at 1 p.m.
The turtle race will be at the same location as the kiddy tractor pull. As usual, the carnival will be here.
Again this year, there will be an opportunity for you to buy one of the 6-8 champion food items during the auction Tuesday night.
We, of course, will auction livestock as usual.
It will give kids who may not show livestock an opportunity to be in the auction.
But the fun part of the fair for me is watching 4-H members and adults alike learn from having their products judged.
A lot of education takes place when the judge sits down with a child. Many times a parent can tell their child they need to do something differently, but when the judge tells them, it sinks in.
And the most exciting thing is the joy on the child’s face when they do well, not necessarily winning the grand champion award but just getting a blue ribbon.  Last year, I saw a young person who was an exhibitor who had gotten their first blue ribbon. They were so excited they started crying.
You know it is exciting and gratifying to have someone tell you that you are doing a good job.
Oh, I almost forgot the good food we sell in the concession stand.
We also are doing a new twist with pies.  Each day we will have a featured pie so be sure to check that out.
Current feature choices are rhubarb, peanut butter, and raisin.
Again we will have your favorite burgers — beef, pork or lamb.  They are fresh and very good!
If you are needing a fairbook, you can stop by the office to get them as you pick up your entry cards.
I will hope to see you at the fair, come and have some fun!

Ann Religa is Harvey County Extension agent, 4-H and youth.