Some youngsters got pre-4-H experience as they showed off their animals, toys, and posters at the Lorain County Fair.
In a show-and-tell type of event, every entrant walked away with a blue ribbon, wooden plaque, and a hat.
It’s not only fun for the children who participate but also the judges who sit and talk with them for a few minutes.
“I love it because these kids are so sincere. The older kids are more about show,” judge Laura Stanfield said.
Stanfield and her fellow judges strike up simple conversations with each child who sits down with them.
Jeanette Crawford of Wellington and Kyliegh and Matthew Klingshirn of Oberlin were all proud to show off their barnyard animals.
Crawford told Stanfield her favorite part of her hen “Chickaletta” is the birds’ soft feathers.
Like those in the showmanship competitions, Crawford identified the hen’s body parts as the comb, beak, ears, eyes, wings, tail, and the “gobble” (wattle).
Both the Klingshirns and their donkeys stuck close together and got all the judges attention when they walked into the ring.
The Klingshirns showed off their animals proudly and also talked to judges about the animals diets and their personalities.
“The (kids) actually know more about the animals than people give them credit for,” she said.
Caitlyn Wasmundt may be reached at 440-647-3171 or on Twitter @LC_CaitW.