Okaloosa County 4-H members each October can participate in our North Florida Fair at the Fort Walton Beach Fairgrounds. This year’s fair is Oct. 7-12.
A 4-H youth could participate many ways. For instance, Okaloosa County 4-H holds livestock shows during the fair. This year we will have poultry and rabbit showmanship, and goat, beef and dog shows. All of these require pre-registration; you must enroll as an Okaloosa County 4-H member by Sept. 1.
We also have opportunities for members uninterested in showing animals. Exhibit entries include anything from photography, canning, sewing and knitting to poster creation. The fair premium book contains categories all exhibit entries.
Each Okaloosa County 4-H club enters a club booth in the fair. The exhibits and club booths are judged and, depending on where you place, there are opportunities to win a bit of money.
You must complete a pre-registration form to join 4-H. You can find the forms, and the premium book, at www.nwffair.com/fair/fair.htm or http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/4hy/. When filling out the form, use the fair premium book to write down your entries’ categories.
Okaloosa County 4-H is always excited to have new members join our program and experience a great 4-H opportunity at the North Florida Fair.
If you are interested in joining and participating in the fair, or if you just want some more information on what 4-H has to offer, please contact me at the Okaloosa County Extension Office, 689-5850, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haley Worley is an agent at the Okaloosa County Extension office in Crestview.