Wednesday, July 17, 2013
People from around Hood River County lined up at the fairgrounds in Odell Saturday on a warm summer morning for the Small Animal Pre-Fair for students in 4-H and Future Farmers of America.
It was a busy day at the fairgrounds, a preview of what is to come when the Hood River County Fair returns July 24-27.
Volunteers helped weigh turkeys, chickens, ducks and rabbits while also conducting health screenings of the animals and giving valuable tips to the youngsters about how to best care for and show off their animals at the fast-approaching fair.
Sheep shearer John McKergon came from the Willamette Valley to give more than a dozen sheep some summer cuts for the fair. Also on Saturday, market poultry were weighed and given tags.
“I always look forward to seeing the kids have a good time. It’s kind of their showcase. Members finally get to show all the hard work they’ve done,” said Dani Annala, 4-H coordinator with Oregon State University Extension.
On Monday, 4-H members turned in their record books, in which they documented their projects over the past year; the books themselves were judged on Tuesday. They will be placed on display for anyone to read throughout the fair.
July 17 brings open scale, in which any member can bring their animal for weighing. Weight limits are among the fair entry rules, and the open scale “serves as a pre-warning,” for the kids, according to Annala.
(Animals that do not make weight can be shown and compete for ribbons, but cannot be sold in the livestock auction.)
“It also keeps them in line with how a producer would do it, so it’s teaching them those lessons, too,” she said.
Other 4-H pre-fair activities include Friday’s Fashion Revue, in which members are judged and scored on their clothing presentations, and poultry set-up will be in the afternoon. On Saturday, barn set-up begins.
Adults have their deadlines, too: Open Class entries are July 22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and July 23, 8 to 10:30 a.m. for baked goods, clothing, food preservation, fruits and vegetables, textiles, ceramics, art, hobbies and handcrafts, and photography, along with youth Open Class baked goods.
On July 23, Open Class Flower Registration runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Flowers will be judged from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 4:30 p.m. July 23.
Changes this year
n Hood River County Youth Livestock Auction for FFA and 4-H animals will be an hour earlier, at 4:30 p.m. on July 26.
n The 4-H horse show will be Aug. 3- 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., rather than during the fair. But numerous horse events and competitions, including team penning and ranch sorting, are planned in the Frank Herman Arena. Look for details in the July 22 edition.
Look for more free kids activities, at the Mutton Busters pen and other locations. These include roping, stick ponies and money toss Of course, tractor rides at the park, an annual favorite, will return as well.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge