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July 17, 2014

4-H Roundup highlights youth

COOLSPRING TOWNSHIP — The Mercer County 4-H Roundup will be held July 28 through Aug. 3 at the Mercer 4-H Park, located on Route 19 north of Mercer. New activities and opportunities are planned for the public this year.

The Roundup will begin with judging of projects ranging from quilts and cakes, to scrapbooking and small engine repair. These exhibits will be available to view July 29 in the Exhibit Building. Dairy club members will be vying for the opportunity to be the champion fitter during our Dairy Fitting Contest at 2 p.m. July 28 in the Show Arena. Each youth clips and fits their animal for showing while in the ring.

The Dairy Cattle Show is slated to begin at 9 a.m. July 29 in the Show Arena. The Rabbit Show runs concurrently at 9 a.m. in the Sheep Barn. The Exhibit Building will open at 1 p.m. for viewing of all non-animal projects completed by 4-H members.

Opening ceremonies with the Cavalcade of Clubs will begin in the Show Arena at 7 p.m. July 29, followed by our first alumni showmanship competition. Teams of former 4-H members will be on the auction block to market their skills in showing llamas, goats and lambs to the highest bidder. This event is a fundraiser for the growing Mercer County Teen Council.

At 8 a.m. July 30 the Sheep and Goat Show begins immediately followed by the Dairy Goat Show in the Show Arena. The Poultry Show will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run concurrently in the Sheep Barn. The Beef Show will begin at 5 p.m. in the Show Arena followed by the 4-H Cheese Auction at 8 p.m.

On July 31 the llamas will show their performance skills at 4:30 p.m. in the Show Arena. This will be followed by a box social, for which members pack a late supper or an evening snack in a picnic basket, decorated box, or similar container. The boxes are collected and auctioned off to the highest bidder. All the proceeds go to Mercer County 4-H. An evening dance held on the basketball courts, or in the event of rain in the Show Arena, will follow.

The Hog Show begins at 8 a.m. Aug. 1. After an afternoon break, the evening will showcase the Market Livestock Sale beginning at 6:30 p.m. All 4-H members will have the opportunity to sell their livestock projects. The sale order will be as follows: all champions, market lambs, market goats, market rabbits, pen of rabbits, market steers and market hogs.

On Aug. 3, the horses take to the ring at 9 a.m. and begin their show with performance classes, followed by the contest classes. These shows are the final step for 4-H members as they complete their projects.

The Mercer County 4-H Roundup is free and welcomes all to support the youth who have worked hard over the last year.

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, call Denise Suereth at 724-662-3141 in advance.

Food vendors will be Smokey Martin’s BBQ and Mandi Moo’s Milkshakes & More. Mandi will be offering breakfast sandwiches daily, beginning at 6 a.m. with a variety of dairy items on her menu that will be available throughout the day. Smokey Martin smokes all of his meats daily for 14 hours. Daily offerings will vary, including chicken, pork, ribs, brisket, beans, potatoes and slaw.

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