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Cows, Goats, Llamas, Fried Dough? Must Be The Hartford County 4-H Fair

The annual fair features food, livestock, competitions, amusements and entertainment.

Patrons of the annual Hartford County 4-H Fair were treated cows, goats, mules, llamas, rides, performers and traditional fair foods Saturday.

The fair, being held at the in Somers, is organized and run by 4-H Club members, who range from ages 7 to 19, Kristin Horn, a spokesperson said. The club members, plan, raise funds, and work within a budget to put on the fair. They have adults who guide and assist them as well.

Linda Horn, Hartford County Program Specialist, said the three-day fair attracts between 3,000 to 7,000 people depending upon weather conditions. The fair is used as an example of what kinds of skills club members can develop, she said.

First Vice President Adam Pierce is in charge of all of the animal events during the fair. The 18-year-old East Hartford resident makes sure all if the events are running the way they should and that all of the stewards are doing what they’re supposed to be doing.

Pierce said the job is a lot of work but it’s a normal day for him.

“It’s what I like to do,” Pierce said.

Justin Harlow, 13, of Andover, is assistant in charge of publicity, and has helped find and arrange all of the amusements for the fair. He helped find entertainment by listening to demo CDs, and invite celebrities to participate in the donkey show.

Harlow said he’s enjoyed helping organize the fair.

The fair continues through Sunday, for information visit the fair’s website at http://www.hartfordcounty4-h.uconn.edu/

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