Sunday, August 12, 2007

Illinois State Fair in Full Swing

The Illinois State Fair has started despite not having a state budget in place. One of the largest events is the 4-H show.

Braddock is one of hundreds of young 4-H qualifiers from across the state
whose work is on display or up for judging at this year's state fair. Everything
from electrical projects to photography to bicycle safety to the high-profile
junior livestock shows fall under the 4-H banner, and many children enter
multiple categories (Braddock, for instance, also had a leaf collection and some
rabbits at the fair).
"Our roots are in agriculture, but we've expanded
beyond that," said Natalie Bosecker, media communications specialist for the
University of Illinois Extension's state 4-H office. "We have a lot of social
science curriculum that deals with intercultural relationships, leadership, good
citizenship. Those skills that you need to become a functioning member of our
society."
More than 2,500 4-H exhibits arrived at the fairgrounds before the
fair opened Friday, and they remain on display during the fair on the
fairgrounds' west side, where most 4-H activities are anchored.

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