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SHERIDAN— The Sheridan County Fair began July 24 and will be held through Monday at the fairgrounds for its 101 year.
The fair hosts activities such as the community dance and pig wrestling throughout the week, but also works as a competition. Entry is open to all Sheridan County youth, kindergarten through high school age, and also adults in the open class events.
Aiden Vielhauer, the boy behind “Aiden’s Team V Coop,” got started in 4-H’s “pig circuit” by a friend and has been showing pigs for three years now, but chose something a little different for his fair project.
Vielhauer worked alongside his father to double the size of his chicken coop, making room for his 16 chickens.
Vielhauer said he put a lot of work into the coop this year and, dealing with some unruly chickens, met a few challenges in the process.
“We made an enclosure out of PVC pipe, but the chickens were smarter than us apparently,” Vielhauer said. “They kept flying out and escaping.”
After building a larger door and some roofing, Vielhauer managed to keep his chickens in their place and make room for the new chicks he gets every year.
The fair sees numerous livestock projects each year, and this year was no different. However, a few projects stood out amongst the prized cows and pigs.
Kaitlin Shaw chose to enter some of her work with quilting and crocheting.
“(I entered because) I like to get feedback on what I did well and what I could do better, but also because I just love doing 4-H,” Shaw said.
Shaw showcased a crocheted shrug that took 30 hours of work and a quilt she made for her baby brother. As a tradition, everyone in Shaw’s family receives a baby blanket, so when her brother was born, she rose to the task.
“I wanted to make a sampler quilt to experiment with a bunch of different blocks, and then I made the snake and the snail,” Shaw said of her brother’s favorite animals’ appearance on the quilt.
Shaw said that her sewing leader in 4-H, Jennifer Forsness, taught her how to quilt, and she has loved it ever since.
Bailey Forsness, part of the Junior Leaders Club in 4-H and student at Tongue River High School, helped direct the competitors for judging around the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday.
Forsness remarked on all the different categories that are available for the kids’ choosing.
“Robotics is one of our big ones, food is always really big and then there’s photography,” Forsness said, explaining that competitors can choose from making digitally enhanced photographs and normal picture taking.
Fair competitors also have the option to compete in categories dealing with aerospace and horticulture.
Forsness will also help out with ribboning this week.
The entrants were tested on knowledge of their projects during the 4-H static exhibit interviews and FFA exhibit judging on Tuesday and received ribbons for their work. The judging is followed by this morning’s Cat Show and the Public Fashion Review to be held at 6 p.m. this evening.
This article was written by Sheridan Press intern Kaylin McKinley