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No rust on 4-H bike rodeo

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Twelve-year-old Dakota Cox receives instruction from Clay County Fair Extension Coordinator Melanie Brown during the written exam portion of the 2009 Clay County 4-H Fair Bicycle Rodeo Wednesday. Dakota is the son of Shawn and Angela Cox, Brazil. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Not even rain could stop 4-H Fair coordinators from putting on the 2009 Bicycle Show.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in the parking lot at the Clay County Justice Center. However, weather conditions forced coordinators to move the event to the fairgrounds.

Ten-plus children took part in the competition Wednesday.

Clay County Fair Extension Coordinator Melanie Brown said those participating were required to take a written exam in addition to identifying bicycle parts and tools used to repair bicycles. As well, she said a "safety hazard" bike was set up and children had to identify what was wrong with the bike.

The competition concluded with the children taking part in a timed obstacle course event.

"That helps them build motor skills," Brown said. "That's tough to keep your bike doing and your wheels straight."

Brown said the competition is set up for 4-H'rs to learn how to properly ride a bicycle, how to maintain one, how to repair a bicycle and how to be safe while riding one, among other items.

"They really seem to enjoy it," Brown said. "And you can tell the kids who really work at it because they'll zip, zip, zip through everything."

Fourteen-year-old Molly Powell checks over the "safety hazard" bicycle during the 2009 Clay County 4-H Fair Bicycle Rodeo Wednesday. Molly is the daughter of Pat and June Powell, Brazil. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Children can take part in either the junior or senior division of the event. All receive ribbons for participation and the Senior Division Champion will advance to the State Fair competition.

A handful of contests have already taken place for the 2009 Clay County 4-H Fair, including the Bicycle Rodeo, Dog Show and Cat Show.

"There are so many activities that we can't fit them all in during the fair," Brown said.

Festivities officially kick off Sunday and will continue through Friday, July 24.

Get your picture taken!

The Brazil Times will have a staff photographer on hand at the Clay County 4-H Fair Sunday and Wednesday taking pictures of virtually everything. A tent will be set up near the show arena where those interested may purchase a 4X6 print for $3.

In addition, The Times will be offering slide show presentations on CD this year for $10.

Throughout the week, staffers with The Times will be at the fairgrounds getting pictures of Grand and Reserve Grand Champions for the annual fair section, which will be inserted into the paper July 22-25.

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