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Aug 10, 2015 7:55 AM

Kids display their animal husbandry skills at Belknap County 4-H Fair


BELMONT - Noah could have filled his ark at the Belknap County 4-H Fair, known as the biggest little agricultural fair in New Hampshire.

Events organized by the 4-H this weekend included animal shows, demonstrations, oxen and tractor pulls, live music and plenty of food.

"It seems like kind of a homely, local fair. I love it," Hilda Scott said.

The 4-H is a youth organization that teaches kids about agriculture and about raising and caring for animals.

"It teaches wholesome values and agriculture and the importance of food," said Fran Wendelboe, president of the fair association.

Each county in New Hampshire has a 4-H organization. The name stands for head, heart, hands and health and is open to kids from age 5 through high school.

"We try to get the kids to know the background of the breed of the animals but also the husbandry skills," Jessie Hooker said.

Kids can work with smaller breeds like rabbits or larger ones like steers, depending on their interests.

"I learned how to feed my pig, not too much so he doesn't get fat, but not too little so it's not skinny," 4-H member Lauren Gardner said.

"You feel proud of what your finished product is with your animals," Hooker said. "and it really gives you a sense of pride."


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