BREMERTON — The Kitsap 4-H Club is preparing for the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede, where its members will have the opportunity to exhibit skills they have learned throughout the year.
The Kitsap County Fair and Stampede, which will take place August 22-26, affords new opportunities each day for the 4-H members to participate.
The 4-H program is a national organization that promotes youth development and community. They currently have nearly six million members nationwide, with over 500,000 adult volunteers and staff to support the members, according to the 4-H’s website.
Kitsap 4-H is a partnership between Kitsap County, Washington State University, community members, volunteers and the members, all sharing the same goal of broadening the experiences of 4-Hers.
Fairgoers will have the opportunity to experience what 4-H truly does.
At the fair, members will exhibit livestock, demonstrate horseback riding, photography, gardening and other skills that they learn during their time with the club.
Judging for some of their events happens before the fair is open to the public, with pre-judging taking place the day before the fair opens.
All 4-H members are required to participate in the herdsmanship category, which instructs members on how to take care of their livestock’s pens and equipment while also keeping them and the surrounding area clean and presentable to the public.
The members also have the option of hosting a “4-H in Action” session, where the young people put on a 30-minute presentation to demonstrate a skill they have learned through the 4-H club, such as sewing, quilting and other life skills.
Starting on the Thursday of the fair, there will be four different types of shooting competitions for both rifle and archery — for both teams and individuals.
This event also gives members time to showcase their artistic side, with space being allowed for artwork and crafting. These pieces could be art such as paintings, leatherwork or pottery. There are over 100 sub-categories for artwork, 4-H organizers said.
When showcasing livestock, there are 15 different types that the members can exhibit, each with its own unique rules and standards. Each animal shown at the fair is required to go through a vet screening before being allowed into the buildings.
The 4-H members who place at the top in their respective categories will get the opportunity to compete at the state level and participate in the state fair during September.