4-H kids get their animals ready for judging at Latah County Fair

MOSCOW, ID - For some kids, the county fair is all about junk food and carnival rides, but for those in 4-H, it's about showing off months of hard work.

"The 4-H year starts in October, and it culminates at the fair," said Latah County Extension Office Program Coordinator Rachel Bausch. "And at the fair they can showcase all of what they've learned."

Every 4-H participant brings a project to the fair. Many of the projects consist of raising a live animal such as a pig, goat, sheep, or cow. Austin Pope has participated in 4-H the last four years and explains that raising swine is no easy task.

"You gotta make sure that you can touch its ears because sometimes you have to shave its ears," said Pope.

Wednesday all of the animals were brought to the fairground, weighed, and pinned up. Some of the pigs weighed in at more than 300 pounds. Over the next couple of days, animal projects will be judged, and the kids will receive ribbons based on how well their animal shows.

"I'm nervous because I don't know how well I'll do and I don't want to embarrass myself or get hurt, or have the pig act up," said 4-H member Jordyne Fredrickson.

There will be a market animal sale on Saturday, which is the kids' chance to earn hundreds of dollars to put toward college, or maybe even a car. But the children KLEW spoke to seemed more excited about the experience itself, rather than the money.

"I think it's a better use of time than going off and riding the fair rides," said 4-H member Olav Stanton. "It's better to be taking care of your animal and also you get to meet new people and it's really fun."