EXTENSION NEWS: Fair events for youth

Sep. 03, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Calling men, women and children of all ages — the Lee Regional Fair begins Sept. 9 and you don’t want to miss out on the fun! The Lee Regional Fair offers more than just good food and thrilling rides for young people. There are plenty of fun and educational opportunities for everyone at the fair. Here are some of the special events coordinated and hosted by local youth groups.

Are you an animal lover that would like to learn more about various local livestock and other animals right here in Lee County? If so, then these three events should be right up your alley. The Meat Goat Show will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Arena Barn, and the following night the Steer and Heifer Show will be held at 7 p.m. in the Arena Barn. A Rabbit Show will also be hosted by the Barn Busters 4-H Club on Friday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Arena Barn.

On your mark, get set, go! Come join us for The Diaper Derby where pint sized racers compete for the crown of “Lee County’s Fastest Infant.” The Derby will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Lee County Schools Early Childhood Class at Lee Senior High with awards and prizes provided by Lee County ECA, The Sanford Lions Club and Lee County Partnership for Children. Participants must be 10 months old or younger and not yet walking. Only one adult may accompany the infant on the “race track.” Each participant is required to wear a diaper with a waterproof cover. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded.

The Magetsi 4-H Club will also be presenting a Traditional Latin Dance Demonstration on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 5-7 at the Amphitheater Stage. These talented young performers specialize in a vast array of heritage dances from across Mexico and Central American. They will be joined by music and cultural performances by El Refugio Family Resource Center.

Do you have the skill and precision to master the course at The Tractor and Truck Driving Contest? Come find out on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Lee Regional Fair. The event will be hosted by the Lee County High School FFA and North Carolina Cooperative Extension with registration for youth beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the ball field. The Youth Truck and Tractor competition will begin at 5 p.m. and the adult competition will begin at the conclusion of the youth competition at approximately 7 p.m. with registration for the adults beginning at 6 p.m. Participants will demonstrate safe and efficient operation of farm tractors and equipment, and demonstrate awareness and safe operation of pickup trucks. All truck driving contestants must have a valid North Carolina drivers license. Youth and adults from surrounding counties are eligible to participate.

The Mayor’s Choice Cookie Bake-Off will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11th, and is open to youth in grades 3-12. Registration will begin at 4:45 at Educational Exhibit Hall Entrance. Cookies must include a recipe and will be judged on appearance, texture and taste, with this year’s cookie of choice being oatmeal raisin!

The Educational Exhibit Hall will be open all week and offers many opportunities for youth and adults to display their talents in a variety of areas including garden vegetables, flowers, art work, crafts, baked goods, scarecrows and much more. Educational Booths will also be set up in the exhibit hall by a number of local youth and non-profit organizations. Each of the booths present an educational message in a fun and creative format.

Make sure to come out and join us for these wonderful events!

If you have any questions about the events listed here, please call North Carolina Cooperative Extension at (919) 775-5624.