Okaloosa County 4-H members have an opportunity every October to participate in our Northwest Florida Fair at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach. 

This year’s fair was Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, 2016. Okaloosa County 4-H, as usual, held many livestock shows during the fair. We had poultry showmanship, rabbit showmanship, a dairy and meat goat show, a beef cattle show and a dog show.  To participate in livestock shows, youths must be enrolled as an Okaloosa County 4-H member.

We also had opportunities for 4-Hers not interested in showing animals. For example, exhibit entries included anything from photography, canning and sewing to knitting and posters.

 The fair premium book contains all of the categories for all exhibit entries. Each Okaloosa County 4-H club also 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 premium money.

To participate in the Northwest Florida Fair you must be a registered 4-H member by Sept. 1, and you must complete a pre-registration form. 

Okaloosa County 4-H is always excited to have new members join our program and experience a great 4-H opportunity at the Northwest Florida Fair. 

If you are interested in joining 4-H and participating in the fair, or 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 mismith@ufl.edu. 

Misty Smith is an agent at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension office in Crestview.