The Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show takes place this week through Friday. The Youth show is a youth-led event supported by many volunteers and community members and is similar to a traditional county fair. During each day this week you will find various livestock and horse shows and lots of exhibits of all kinds of crafts and hobbies. There are even youth livestock auctions and small animal silent auctions. You can view the entire Schedule of Events here. Some of the highlights I plan to check out: Llama Leaping Contest on Wednesday at 2pm and Rabbit Agility at 5 pm on Friday. There is something for everyone; especially the animal-lovers in your family!
This year the Youth Show will also feature a Commodity Fair. This interactive experience uses role play and a new app to teach fair-going families the fundamentals of risk-management in agriculture. The Commodity Fair teaches this by having kids go through the process of raising a hog and bringing it to market. "We're pleased to play a vital role in educating the next generation of food producers on the importance of agricultural economics and managing risk as they go about feeding the world,” said CME Group Executive Chairman and President Terry Duffy. The Commodity Fair will be running later in the week. Another fun event for any Katniss Everdeen fans out there will be the Felt-tip Archery try-it station from 1pm-3pm on Thursday.
All of the animals will be entered in the Show by Tuesday afternoon so it may be best to wait until then for your visit. It’s going to be hot this week but I found it cool inside the animal display sheds (the animals don’t like the heat either) and there are shaded show rings. It’s a good idea to wear closed shoes like sneakers to keep your feet clean; there is a lot of dust.
The Youth Show is located at the barrier free Washtenaw County Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, between Ann Arbor and Saline.
The gates open at 8am and close at 10pm each day of the show.
All animal exhibits will be on display by Tuesday afternoon.
Admission is free.
Contact the Washtenaw County MSU extension office with questions at 734-997-1678.