BURTON, Ohio — The Geauga Dairymen 4-H club participated in the county skillathon July 16, in which all club members passed. Later, club members met for a 4-H meeting and cookout. Club pictures were taken and members discussed what needs to be done before the upcoming fair, Sept. 1-5. Members were reminded that safety posters are due by Aug. 1, members discussed items to put in the dairy auction basket this year, and a club T-shirt design was picked out.

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MERCER, Pa. — The 2016 Mercer County 4-H Roundup will be Aug. 1-5 at the Mercer 4-H Park, on Route 19, in Mercer. This event is free and open to all ages. Activities will start on Monday with food and nutrition judging at 9:30 a.m., in the auditorium of the extension office. The Dairy Cattle Fitting Contest is at 2 p.m., and judging of Textile Science projects is at 4:30 p.m. in the extension auditorium.

The dairy show and rabbit show begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. The Exhibit Building will showcase displays constructed by each club as well as projects ranging from textile science, arts, crafts to wildlife, forestry, and food and nutrition and is open Tuesday from 1-9 p.m. Tuesday evening’s opening ceremony will start at 7:30 p.m. with the 4-H Showcase of Clubs in the horse arena followed by the alumni showmanship competition.

Teams of former 4-H members will be on the auction block to market their skills in showing llamas, goats and lambs. This event is a fundraiser for the Mercer County Teen Council.

On Wednesday, the sheep and goat show starts at 8 a.m., the poultry show starts at 9:30 a.m. and the beef show starts 5 p.m. in the show arena, followed by the 2016 Mercer County 4-H Cheese Auction at 8 p.m. The market swine show is Thursday, at 8 a.m. and the llama show is 4:30 p.m. in the large arena.

The Box Social is Thursday at 7 p.m. in the show arena where participants pack a late supper or an evening snack in a picnic basket, decorated box, or similar container and the boxes are auctioned off with proceeds going to the 4-H Program. The Horse Show begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and the 2016 Market Livestock Sale begins at 6:30 p.m. All 4-H members can sell their livestock projects. The sale order is: all champions, market beef, market goats, market rabbit projects, market poultry, market hogs and market lambs.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Jen McKinley at 724-662-3141 in advance of your participation. For more information, contact the Mercer County Extension Office at 724-662-3141.

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BURTON, Ohio — At the July 17 meeting of Geauga Beef and Swine 4-H Club, members talked about the beef buyer gifts and had Ed Rumburg speak about how to write a proper buyer’s letter to prospective buyers. Members also talked about Camp Whitewood and the good experience that campers and two counselors had. Two awards were received. Tyler Plants received the best first-year counselor award, and Tatumn Poff received the hands award. The club is participating in the Food Drive for Geauga County and each family is to bring at least two items. All members did well on the skillathon. The next meeting is Aug. 7, at the fairgrounds.

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BURTON, Ohio — The Geauga PrimeTime 4-H Club met June 21. David Braun gave his report on the safety and care of animals, stating that pens need to be well kept, and the feed and water containers need to be thoroughly cleaned of any grime. Mrs. Clemson informed the older members that there were two scholarships available for applications. Members finalized the details for their car wash that was held July 2, in Chardon.

They also decided to participate in the Family Afair by donating $100. An event was scheduled for the Larry Lokai market clinic Aug. 16, so that more inexperienced members can learn what they need for a successful show at fair. Members also decided to participate in barn displays and a gate display. Buyers’ gifts were decided upon and anyone needing club T-shirts can now order them.

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