Tuesday marked the beginning of judging at the 2008 Clay City Fair and while Dakota, 9, already has two years of experience as a mini-4-H'r, this is his first year competing at the higher level.
Dakota chose to compete in five projects this year, including pet animals, photography, miscellaneous projects, models and rockets. He will also compete in the 2008 Clay County 4-H Fair in the same categories as well as rocket launching.
On Tuesday, Dakota was prepared for his trip to the big leagues, thanks to his two years in mini-4-H, and his family pedigree.
Dakota's older sister, Brittany, and father, Chris, have also taken part in 4-H throughout the years, his mother Angel said. She added younger sister Jadison will also follow in Dakota's footsteps in the future.
Dakota was preparing to show his guinea pig, Elle, Tuesday as the heat started to creep into the Green Building at the Clay City Fairgrounds.
He said he's worked with the animal since April and had to hold her two-three times daily.
"I'm more used to small animals," Dakota said.
Following judging Tuesday, competitors were allowed to take the small animals home because of the heat in the building.
Dakota said he has always been interested in the projects he took part in this year, saying he likes Star Wars Lego models, rockets and also likes taking pictures.
In the past, he has also worked with small animals, such as dogs, cats, hampsters and gold fish.
Dakota said he likes the competition 4-H allows.
"Sometimes, I like competing against other people, and I like to have fun just making the projects," he said.
The Clay City Fair is scheduled to conclude Saturday with a merchandise drawing following a fireworks display.