By CASSIE TURNER
The Hancock County Agricultural Society is celebrating 75 years of service, and OSU Extension is celebrating 100 years since the Smith-Lever Act founded the cooperative extension system across the country.
At the Hancock County Fair this week, both organizations have shared the rich history, the active present and possibilities of the future. The two organizations have a longstanding relationship that has served many generations.
The reach of both is beyond the county.
The Hancock County Agricultural Society has always been a youth champion. It continues to provide a place to showcase quality work.
The Junior Fair theme this year is “since 1938 and still doing great.” This is an ideal summary of all the wonderful opportunities that happen during and after the fair for Junior Fair participants.
Visitors have had the opportunity to see marching bands, displays of art from schools, and an array of Junior Fair displays in the barns and buildings. As the week closes, there are still more kids to highlight with the Junior Fair livestock sale and the cheerleading competition.
Over 1,000 youth exhibitors have been working hard all spring and summer to raise healthy animals, complete project work and create a display of their work. There is much to see and appreciate in the Youth Building, Education Building, show arenas and animal barns.
This could not be accomplished without the support of hundreds of volunteers, parents, teachers, businesses, community members, and junior and senior fair board members. Hancock County is fortunate to have a wide variety of youth-serving organizations.
What better way for your child to learn about them than at the fair?
And it is not too late to join in the celebration.
OSU Extension will host a party in the Youth Building from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today, and you are invited.
Highlights of the past 75 years are on display in the Grange Building through Monday as part of the Agricultural Society’s tribute.
If you have not made it to the fair yet this year, make the trip, support youth and join in on the fun. Information on how to get involved in Junior Fair organizations is available in the Youth Building displays.
Turner is an Extension educator and Hancock County Extension director for 4-H Youth Development.
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