For many Grant County 4-H members, contests for various project areas began July 30 with the Air Rifle contest held at the Patti Kimball residence in Dayville. Coordinator of the contest was Patti Kimball. The Air Rifle targets on display during the fair, Aug. 21-26.

Many contests are held prior to fair to give the opportunity for 4-H youth to participate in the Oregon State Fair Aug. 23 - Sept. 3. The first state fair contest is the horse show which begins Aug. 17, and the qualifying 4-H non-animal 4-H exhibits are due at State Fair Monday, Aug. 20.

On Tuesday, July 31, the food preparation skills contests and knitting skills were held at the United Methodist Church in John Day. Participants prepared food items and meals and show their knitting skills to the judge.

The 4-H Fashion Revue judging for members in the Knitting and Clothing project was also held July 31. The judging was followed by the public fashion revue at the Valley View Assisted Living Center. 4-H Ambassador Marley Winkelman was in charge of the event. There will be another public show on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. in the old sale barn.

The 4-H Horse Show will be held on Friday, Aug. 3 in the Heritage Barn. Linda Brown is the 4-H horse superintendent.

Tuesday, Aug. 7 is the 4-H Dog Show at the Canyon City Park beginning at 6 p.m. Intermediate and senior member who qualify can attend the State Fair 4-H Dog Show which will be held August 24 & 25.

Also Aug. 7, 4-H members in Home Economics, Natural Sciences, Expressive Arts, Horticulture, Wool, Eggs, Educational Displays and Engineering projects will have their 4-H projects judged. 

The Grant County 4-H program  is eligible to send three exhibits per class to state fair. The projects not qualifying for State Fair will be on display at the County Fair August 21-26 in the 4-H area of the Trowbridge Pavilion. Judging will take place in the Canyon City Community Hall and will be available for public view after 5:30 p.m. Presentations will also be on  Aug. 7 at the Canyon City Hall. The presentation contest is open for public viewing. At this time 13 4-H members are participating.

Members enrolled in the Rifle and Shotgun projects will compete at the Shotgun Contest, Saturday Aug. 18-19.  Dennis and Julie Reynolds are coordinating and hosting the Rifle Contest and the shotgun contest is under the direction of Mark Bagett and Carroll Walton.

Members with animals start their fair activities with weigh-In of market animals Tuesday, Aug. 21. Swine, Small Animals and Goat shows will be Wednesday, Aug. 22; the Sheep show is Thursday, Aug. 23 and the Beef show is Friday, August 24.

The Livestock Auction sponsored by the John Day Kiwanis is Saturday, Aug. 25 beginning at 3 p.m.

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