4-H’ers preparing for county fair next week

4-H youth and their animal at the livestock auction last year at the Wyandotte County Fair. (File photo by Steve Rupert)
A 4-H youth and her animal last year at the livestock auction at the Wyandotte County Fair. Chickens and poultry will not be at the fair this year because of an order banning travel by poultry from the Kansas Department of Agriculture. (File photo by Steve Rupert)

Many local 4-H members are preparing for the annual Wyandotte County Fair this year, which will run from July 21 to July 25 at the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds, 137th and Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan.

“We are expecting to have good participation,” said Olivia Moore, Wyandotte County 4-H youth agent. “Our numbers are projected to be up from last year, and we’re looking forward to having a fun-filled fair.”

4-H is focused on positive youth development, Moore said. It integrates knowledge and skills, communication, and builds life skills, she said. It helps develop youth potential, she added.

For example, a youth entering an animal at the fair increases his or her knowledge about the project, and answers questions from a judge while showing the animal in the ring.

Moore said the 4-H youth here are very active in shooting sports, goat and sheep projects, rabbits and poultry, and construction and sewing projects, among others. The list of projects is extensive and may include exhibits such as arts and crafts, rocketry, foods, photography, performing arts and woodworking.

“In shooting sports, several members here are doing big things on the state and national level, with some Olympians in their midst,” Moore said.

The number of youth participating in goat and sheep projects is growing rapidly, she said.

Goats and sheep are relatively quiet, compared to other farm animals, and are easier to raise in a large backyard or city setting, as compared to pigs and cows, she said. Youth also choose to raise rabbits and chickens for the same reasons, she added.

Something different about the 4-H entries at the fair this year will be the absence of a poultry show, according to Moore. The 4-H poultry show at the fair this year has been canceled by the Kansas Department of Agriculture, which has stopped all poultry travel because of the avian flu outbreak. Other poultry shows throughout the state also were canceled to prevent the potential risk of transmitting the disease.

What that means for the 4-H members who raised poultry this year is that they will not be able to sell any of their chickens at the annual auction at the fair.

Amy Crouse, with the Wyandotte County Fair organizing committee, said it was her understanding that those youths who raised poultry this year may bring a photo of their animal to display at the fair.

The annual livestock auction and shows will continue for other animals raised by 4-H’ers. The auction will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, at the arena at the fairgrounds. A bucket calf parade at 7:15 p.m. will precede the auction.

Wyandotte County Extension Director Bruce Chladny is hoping for good weather on the week of the fair, as the weather affects attendance and participation.

The fair will open next Tuesday, and the long-range forecast for Tuesday currently is mostly sunny with a high of 87, about what one would expect in July.

There are some separate events scheduled in connection with the fair this year, such as the 4-H Style Revue in advance of the fair at the Bonner Springs United Methodist Church.

The annual Wyandotte County Fair also includes live entertainment, vendors, carnival, community contests, and open class exhibits. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 through Friday, July 24, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 25.

“We look forward to seeing all of Wyandotte County at our fair,” Moore said. “There are various shows throughout the week, and we encourage everyone to come and learn about 4-H.”

For more information about the fair, visit www.wycofair.com.

See other Wyandotte County Fair stories at http://wyandottedaily.com/wyandotte-county-fair-next-week-features-two-free-concerts/ and http://wyandottedaily.com/2015-wyandotte-county-fair-schedule/.

Saturday events

Strawberry Hill Museum plans courtyard sale July 18
The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., is planning a courtyard sale beginning early Saturday morning, July 18. For more information call 913-371-3264. The museum is open on the weekends. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The admission charge is $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. Special tours are available during the week for groups of 20 or more by calling 913-721-0081. The museum’s tea room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday and Sunday of each month. For more information, visit www.strawberryhillmuseum.org/.

Book sale planned at Bonner Springs library
The Friends of the Bonner library are planning a book sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the basement storm shelter area of the library at 201 N. Nettleton, Bonner Springs. That area can be easily reached from the parking lot in back of the library. A large selection of hardback fiction is offered for 50 cents each, and nothing costs more than $1. Paperbacks are four for $1 or fill a bag of paperback romance novels for just $1. There is a large selection of westerns, many by favorite western authors, a great number of children’s books and nonfiction in all categories, as well as many cookbooks. All proceeds from the book sales are used to enhance the library’s offering to the public. Recently the Friends have donated $800 to the summer reading program and $500 toward the purchase of an electronic bulletin board inside the library. The Friends organization is open to anyone with dues at only $5 a year, and monthly meetings are at 4 p.m. on the third Tuesday.

Sporting KC plays tonight in KCK
Sporting KC takes on the Montreal Impact tonight at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The match starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, and ticket information, visit www.sportingkc.com/.

Free concert offered tonight at Legends
The “Live at the Legends” concert series will continue at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at The Legends Outlets, I-70 and I-435, Kansas City, Kan. Performing July 11 will be Perpetual Change, 1980s and 1990s rock (with some hits from the 2000s).

Wyandotte County Museum open
The Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and holidays. For more information visit the website www.facebook.com/wycomuseum or call 913-573-5002.

Showers, storms in morning’s forecast; another hot day afterward

Heat advisory in effect. (National Weather Service graphic)
Heat advisory in effect. (National Weather Service graphic)

Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms moved through Wyandotte County this morning and are possible this afternoon.

The worst of the storms may have already moved through Wyandotte County, but it has been raining off and on, with the latest heavy rain about 9:55 a.m.

The threat of severe weather is low, the National Weather Service said.

A heat advisory is in effect through 9 p.m. today, according to the weather service.

Hot and humid weather is expected this afternoon, the weather service said. The high will be near 94, with a heat index as high as 102, according to the weather service.

Thunderstorm chances return tonight and Sunday, the weather service said.

Severe storms are possible Sunday as a front slides south through the area, according to the weather service. Locally heavy rain and additional flooding are possible as well, forecasters said.

The main hazards with storms on Sunday are winds and flooding, the weather service said. While the threat of a tornado Sunday is very low, it can’t be ruled out at this point, according to the weather service. Small hail is also possible.

For more weather information, visit www.weather.gov/eax/.

Storm outlook for Sunday. (National Weather Service graphic)
Storm outlook for Sunday. (National Weather Service graphic)