Pinellas County Had a Fair!

The weather was beautiful for the thousands of fair-goers who attended the first Greater Pinellas Country Fair this past week at England Brothers Park.  This soon to be annual event was a collaboration of community partners, including the City of Pinellas Park, Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce, and 4-H.  Pinellas 4-H thanks all of the partners who worked so hard to make this event such a success.

Crazy 4 Canines 4-H Club was there for the entire five days.  The leaders and members brought their dogs and many trophies from previous dog shows.  While there was no dog show at this fair, the club did offer rally and other dog demonstrations.  On Sunday they even participated in the poultry workshop! This club is perfect for those children eight and up who want to learn how to train and show their dog and performing community service with their club.

The 4-H McNelis family was there with their goats and Toby the rabbit.  Visitors to their area enjoyed petting the goats and offering them treats. Colleen McNelis presented a small rabbit showmanship workshop and judged the rabbits. This was the first time the exhibitors had shown their rabbits, so the show’s emphasis was on education.

The largest youth show was for 4-H Photography.  Many of the pictures  were of the 4-H’ers projects – dogs, horses, chickens and gardens.  The Best of Show photo was of an up close and personal view of a cow’s head.  The most interactive show had to be the 4-H Apple/Pecan Cook-Off. After the twenty or so items were judged, onlookers were treated to samples of the entries.

The  4-H tent was full of activity.  In addition to the 4-H clubs’ exhibits and activities, the 4-H Association conducted phase two of the apple and pecan sale.  The tent was filled with the wonderful scent of fresh apples.  The Pinellas County Beekeepers’ Association was represented by Charlie Mertz and his honeybee exhibit.  Next to him was Gate Way Organic Farm. In addition to 4-H, Pinellas Extension was there with a series of displays and educational materials.

Other fair activities included the ever popular rodeo, cake and pie contest, beautiful quilts, and some quality entertainment.

Did you miss it this year?  Then watch for the Second Annual Greater Pinellas Country Fair next year.  And be thinking about what you might want to enter.

 

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