Crawford County Fair “kids” around

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People at the Crawford County Fair came prepared for the eclipse, too.  Farmers brought special glasses, and even make-shift goggles to get a clear view of the moon.  4-H members say many of the animals were in barns and seemed unfased by the phenomenon.

Visitors say the fairgrounds is the perfect place to watch the eclipse.  Luke Gosnell, of Cambridge Springs, and Dick Herhold, of Erie, were there today.  Gosnell said, “I mean, it’s pretty open so you can see it get darker and today’s a good day for it. There’s not many clouds.”

Herhold was pumped up for the event, “Oh I’m excited. We don’t have the proper glasses to look at it but we’ll see what happens.”

There’s a lot more to the fair than what meets the eye.  Like the months of preparation involved for farmers.  

For most of us the fair last for a few days in the summer, but for some 4H kids, it’s a full time job.   The festival has it’s “fair” share of kids in the crowd, but these kids draw some attention too.

Today’s a big day for 4H member, Hazel Peel.  She’s fitting her favorite goat and pulling out all the stops to make sure she’s ready for the judges.  “Snow is an Alpine. She’s two years old and she had her first kid in April.”  Snow is one of 120 dairy goats at the Crawford County Fair.

Experts tell us each breed is listed in the American Dairy Goat Association.  With many different looks, and all different ages, the competition is steep.  The 4H Dairy Goats Vice Chairman Emily Miller says the young farmers look forward to the fair every summer.  “They work all year for this week and these next couple days and so it’s a big ordeal for them to exhibit their animals.” 

Whether they have short ears, or long ears, getting these goats ready for the show takes a lot of preparation.

Levi Tese, 4H Member, tells us, “I do the bucks’ water and hay and food,” and those are just a few of Levi’s daily chores.  He’s exhibiting all ten of his goats this week.

Farmers say with every new animal, the time commitment adds up. Peel tells us, “normally, it’s a couple hours for me considering we have nine goats.”  But, at the end of the day, especially at the end of summer, these little agriculturists say all the hard work pays off.  They tell us there’s no time for “kidding” around when they’re learning the tricks of the farm. 

Of course, goats aren’t the only farm animals here.  Pigs, cows and chickens also call the fairgrounds home for the week through August 26th.


–Jackie Roberts

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