Lawrence County’s 4-H Youth Still Having Fun At The Fair

(BEDFORD) – Despite following a different format this year, 4-H youth are still enjoying themselves with plenty of smiles.

10-year-old Will Tolbert with his pig Donnie

On Wednesday, 10-year-old Will Tolbert was all smiles at the swine barn as this is his first year showing his pig, Donnie.

Will’s first time showing at the fair earned him 5th place in the overall breeding female pig category.

The Tolbert’s spend Tuesday afternoon at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds.

“I have enjoyed myself,” said Will. Will works almost 2-hours a day working on keeping the barn clean.

Katie Tolbert says it’s a family tradition raising livestock and Will is the fourth generation involved in 4-H.

“It’s been different around here this year, but I still enjoy being with family,” said Katie.

Susie Cessna (left) and Amy Redman (right) describe the challenges faced this year

“They are not staying on the grounds this year. They show and then leave. This year this has proved to be a challenge logistically,” said Amy Redman, Vice-President of Lawrence County’s 4-H Council.

Audio: Susie Cessna and Amy Redman talk about this year’s fair.

“Not every county allowed the kids to show all their hard work and we are pleased just to be able to give the kids that opportunity,” said Susie Cessna, President Lawrence County 4-H Council.

Despite all the moving parts, 4-H volunteers have stepped up and volunteered to help in areas they are not familiar with.

The group wanted to make sure that everyone remained safe and adhered to the safety precautions put in place by local health officials and Purdue.

Events continue this week. They include:

  • Wednesday – Goat Show – Dairy Goats and Bore Goats and Pigmy Goats starting at 9:00 a.m.
  • Thursday – Beef Show – Starting at 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday – Sheep Show and Chickens starting at 9:00 a.m.