ONCE again it’s fair time. The 2006 Mercer County 4-H Roundup will be held Monday through Aug. 12 at the Mercer 4-H Park, along U.S. Route 19, north of Mercer. This event is free to the public and open to all ages.

The activities all start on Wednesday with the rabbit show at 9 a.m., followed by the goat show at noon, and the sheep show at 12:30 p.m. The beef show will begin at 6 p.m. in the show arena, followed by the 2006 Mercer County 4-H Cheese Auction at 8:30 p.m.

Start your day bright and early at 8:30 Thursday morning by watching the market swine show. The poultry show struts its stuff at 9:30 a.m.   The food and nutrition judging will start at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Firth Center. Judging of the textile science projects will be at 4:30 p.m.

The exhibit building will open its doors at 1 p.m. and close at 10. You will find displays constructed by different clubs, as well as projects ranging from textile science, arts and crafts to wildlife, forestry and food and nutrition.

Thursday evening’s activities will start with the Mercer County 4-H Showcase of Clubs at 7:30 p.m. in the horse arena. The 4-H Showcase of Clubs provides all 4-H members an opportunity to be recognized and show off their projects to family, friends, and anyone attending Roundup activities.

Following the Showcase of Clubs will be the annual box social, where guys and gals pack a late supper or an evening snack in a picnic basket or decorated box. The boxes are collected and auctioned off to the highest bidder. All the proceeds go to the 4-H program.

Friday begins at 9 a.m. with the dairy show and will run most of the day. Stop in the exhibit building at 9 a.m. to visit the country store and take a look around. At 10 a.m. kids and parents can participate in the “Good Vibrations,” Carnegie Science Center program. Guided barn tours will start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and run simultaneously with “Get in the Beat,” a fun-filled program where kids and parents can learn about music.

Friday evening will showcase the 2006 market livestock sale, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All 4-H livestock members will have the opportunity to sell their projects. The sale order is: all champions, market goats, market rabbits, pen of rabbits, market lambs, market hogs, market steers and, new this year, all carcass animals will sell before their species.

Saturday the horses take to the ring at 9 a.m. and activities will go on most of the day. Take a peek in the exhibit building at 9 a.m. and then head to the llama show at 10:30 a.m.

These shows are the final step for 4-H members as they complete their projects and a busy year. 4-H youth work very hard all year and Roundup is their time to shine, so come on out and support our 4-H’ers. Everyone is welcome to attend Roundup. Remember, it doesn’t cost anything just to have fun and look around.

Tamella Menke is 4-H/Youth Development educator for Mercer County Cooperative Extension. Contact her at: 724-662-3141 or by e-mail: MercerExt@psu.edu

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