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4-H Bicycle Rodeo a 'fun, relaxed event'

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Grant Nicoson, 10, works his way through the double obstacle portion of the Clay County 4-H Fair Bicycle Rodeo Wednesday. Grant is the son of Joel and Sharon Nicoson, Cory. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Eleven 4-H'rs took part in the annual Clay County 4-H Fair Bicycle Rodeo Wednesday.

The event took place at the Clay County Justice Center (CCJC).

Clay County Extension Educator and 4-H Youth Development Coordinator Melanie Brown told The Brazil Times participants in the event work well with each other.

"They try to help each other," Brown said. "It's not real competitive. This is a fun, relaxed event."

Brown said 4-H'rs compete in junior (grades 3-7) or senior (grades 8-12) divisions. This year, there were six competing in the Junior Division and five in the Senior Division.

Brown added the bicyclists' obstacle tests include balance tests, figure-8 steering, figure-8 balancing, single obstacle, double obstacle and double zigzag.

She said the participants also have to take part in a parts identification test and also have to complete a written test.

This year, the event was moved to the CCJC east parking lot.

"We have more room," Brown said.

In addition, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, Clay County Sheriff's Department (CCSD) Chief Deputy Rob Gambill and CCSD Det. Jeff Maynard served as judges.

"They were gracious enough to judge for us," Brown said.

Events have started for the 2011 Clay County 4-H Fair, including the Dog Show (Sunday), ATV Project (Monday) and Cat Show (Tuesday), as well as the Bicycle Rodeo.

The fair officially begins Saturday. The Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall will open at noon and the Union United Methodist Church Beef Manhattan Dinner is set for 4-8 p.m., Saturday, at the Hospitality Building.

The fair will conclude Saturday, July 23, with the Demolition Derby at 7 p.m.

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