Achievement Days rolls on despite rain

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 6:00 am

Heavy rains that soaked the Red River Valley on Tuesday won’t affect today’s livestock show at Traill County 4-H Achievement Days in Hillsboro, organizers said Wednesday.

Alyssa Scheve, Traill County’s Extension agent, said the ring where 4-H hopefuls parade their cattle, sheep and pigs should be accessible to exhibitors this morning.

“The ground is pretty saturated but I’m hoping with the sun peeking out and some wind that everything will be OK,” Scheve said.

Achievement Days kicked off Thursday night with the judging of static exhibits at the 4-H Quonsets east of the Traill County Highway Department building at 319 2 Ave. S.W.

The exhibits, which include entries ranging from cooking to photography to welding and sewing, will be available for public viewing starting at 8:30 a.m. today (Friday).

Kids involved in the county’s 4-H programs will begin showing rabbits and poultry at 10 a.m. followed by the livestock and showmanship show at 11 a.m.

This year’s animal entries should double the number of those in the past couple years.

“We had a couple scratches but we have 12 head of beef and some pigs, goats, sheep and about 10 birds,” Scheve said. “So the barn should be pretty full.”

The county’s 4-H participants include a number of first-time entrants making their debuts in the livestock show, she said.

“It’s exciting. It’s going to be a lot of fun for the kids,” Scheve added.

The Achievement Days annual 4-H premium sale will begin at 1:30 p.m. and a lunch stand will be on site for hungry guests.

A variety of free activities for children will be available during the livestock show as well.

“We’re hoping all of Traill County comes out and gets a taste of what 4-H is and continues to be,” Scheve said.

“A lot of our younger members are excited for (today’s) events. This is the Super Bowl of our year.”

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