ALPENA, MICH — The Alpena County Fair kicked off Sunday, with one of its biggest attractions being the livestock display. Fair board director Courtney Krentz says,
“Having these animals here is very significant, especially to the public who don’t have a chance to raise these animals on their own, necessarily. This is a great chance also for our 4H-ers to show off all their hard work that they put into these animals throughout the year.”
The animals here are raised by kids in Alpena’s 4–H club, an organization devoted to developing leadership skills and hands–on learning. Krentz says,
“4-H isn’t just about livestock but a lot of our 4H-ers do have livestock and this is the prime time for them to bring in and show off their hard work and projects. They have the choice of purchasing whatever livestock they think they would like to show.
4–H member Amelia Cameron, says raising the animals requires a lot work, but is a task she looks forward to every day.
“I did horses for the past three years and I just did chickens this year, and I like it because its really fun and you learn a lot, and you make new friends.”
Director Krentz says the kids’ hard work will pay off this weekend at the county fair market sale.
Our community members come in and they’ purchase these animals at our market sale, so that money does go back to the 4H-ers themselves and then we also have resale, where that money goes back to the 4-H program.