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Local 4-H'r Kaylee Miller will show swine at the 2009 Indiana State Fair. The state fair is scheduled to begin Friday, Aug. 7 and end Sunday, Aug. 23. [Order this photo]
* County youth prep for state fair

Although the 2009 Clay County 4-H Fair has come and gone, several local youth are preparing for this year's Indiana State Fair.

The state fair is scheduled to begin Friday, Aug. 7, and conclude Sunday, Aug. 23.

Clay County Extension Coordinator Melanie Brown said more than 100 local 4-H'rs will take part in the event.

"I hope that they will do their best," Brown said. "If your kids do well, there's quite the buzz so you hear about it."

Brown said associates with her office help the youth prepare projects to take up to the fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

"We do take up projects, the exhibit hall projects," Brown said, adding non-perishable items would be taken to Indianapolis today. "(We do it) to help the families out. So many parents work. It can be confusing on getting projects checked in."

Brown also will spend some time at the state fair as she helps coordinate. She is the show manager for the Llama and Alpaca Show. In addition, she helps set up the state fair rabbit barn.

Brown said all perishable items -- as well as livestock -- must be at the state fairgrounds by Wednesday.

The state fair schedule was extended this year. However, some of the more popular shows will be early during the festivities.

"They're trying to get a lot of those shows done in the first weekend because the kids will go back to school," she said.

Brown added in the past, Clay County 4-H'rs have performed well at the state level.

"For a county as small as we are, we are very well represented," she said.

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