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Judging begins at Hamilton County Fair

4-H and FFA?members begin a week of shows, judging

— Photos courtesy of Hamilton County ISU Extension and the Hamilton County Fair 4-H members stand before the judge in the 2020 Hamilton County Poultry Show on Tuesday. Each participant was allowed to bring in just a few family members. The shows are broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube.

There may not be a midway or commercial exhibits going on this week at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, but 4-H and FFA members have been busy showing livestock and meeting with judges to review static exhibits.

Monday, 4-H club members were judged on their static exhibits. The young people showcased photography, personal development, visual arts, food, ag and natural resource and other projects throughout the day. Social distancing practices were in effect with exhibitors and judges keeping six-feet apart, wearing masks and using plexiglass shields on the judging tables.

The poultry and rabbit show were on tap Tuesday with exhibitors gatering in the show arena to have the judges review entries. The livestock shows, though closed to the public, were broadcast on Facebook Live and the Hamilton County 4-H YouTube channel.

Wednesday brought horse and goat shows, with the bottle goat show held in the horse arena Wednesday evening.

The schedule for the rest of the week is as follows:

Samantha Morgan talks about her photography entries with the judge at Monday’s static exhibit judging.

• Thursday — breeding and market sheep show, noon, show arena; bottle lamb show, 5 p.m., Claude Horse Arena

• Friday — breeding and market beef, 10 a.m., show arena; bucket bottle calf show, 5 p.m., Claude Horse Arena

• Saturday — swine show, 8 a.m., show arena; supreme senior showman competition, 5 p.m., Ed Prince Building — competition will be a quiz instead of showing actual animals. Announcement will be made live on the Ed Prince Stage when all have completed the quiz inside.

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