Archive for Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Annual county fair a time of celebration

July 25, 2001

In just a few short days, the Leavenworth County Fair will be in full swing in Tonganoxie.

For 75 years, the annual event has attracted young people, eager to show off the work they've accomplished in the past year. These young members of our county and their families put in many hours working on a wide variety of projects from horses to dresses. This year's fair gets under way during the week of Aug. 6.

It's impressive to talk with 4-H'ers about their plans for the fair. It's impressive to hear them discuss the way they've accomplished so many tasks during the past year.

But what is most impressive is how these young people handle themselves. They are confident. They speak at ease with adults.

And that confidence can be attributed to the work they do each month in their 4-H clubs, culminating with the annual fair in August.

As anyone who has participated in 4-H will tell you: It's not just about animals and it's not just for country kids.

The Leavenworth County 4-H organizations are helping build the leaders of tomorrow. They are helping instill in the young people of our county a sense of belonging and a sense of accomplishment.

Each August, residents of Leavenworth County have the opportunity to visit the fair. This year, as the fair celebrates its diamond jubilee, will be a wonderful opportunity to view the work of our county's young residents and applaud the efforts of them and their families.

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