MORRIS – The Grundy County 4-H Fair that was held over the weekend isn’t just about animals – it offers a host of other project areas like visual arts, rockets, sewing and photography.
The kids pick a project area and spend their 4-H year learning about the subject and take offered workshops to perfect their craft for the annual fair.
John Davis, youth development educator with the University of Illinois Extension in Grundy, Will and Kankakee counties, said it’s important for kids to have the opportunity to learn subjects that have been cut in many schools.
Isabella Womack, with Homes Cool Kids 4-H Club participated in the fair in several projects including creative writing, reading and visual arts Saturday.
“I’ve learned several things,” she said. “I’ve learned speaking skills and how to shorten a speech.”
She said the fair brings with it long days, but the fun that comes as well makes it all worth it.
Her sister Nalia, also with Homes Cool 4-H Club, presented photographs on Sunday and sat through conference judging where she not only had to present the finished project, but had to answer questions about the images she presented.
“I was taking pictures of the palm trees and I turned around when my mom called me and I saw the reflection in the window,” she said of her award winning photograph that will be representing Grundy County at the State 4-H Fair.
She said she learned to pay attention to the things around her and not just what first catches her eye.
Colleen Kinsella also presented photographs to be judged Sunday. She showcased two portraits, both of children she loves.
Her portrait of a baby girl at her christening was chosen to represent Grundy County at the state level.
“I learned to take several images quickly so when you look through them you can find the one you like best,” Kinsella said.
Her image showed the baby cradled in a family member’s hands in natural light that won her praise from the judges.
On Saturday, Daniel Muller with Mazon Verona Kinsman Community 4-H Club presented his negative image of a zebra etched in metal to a judge who praised him for the original work.
Muller is one of the many kids who presented both animals and other projects at the three- day fair.
The fair wrapped up on Monday with kids firing their rockets and participating in the dress revue before finishing ceremonies at where the state fair exhibit winners and trophy winners were presented during the Best of 4-H show in the pavilion.