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4-H Fair to offer Skill-a-thon July 20

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Clay County 4-H Council and Purdue Extension are excited to invite all 4-H'ers to participate in the 4-H Livestock Skill-a-thon July 20, at the Clay County Fair.

The 4-H Livestock Skill-a-thon encourages youth to continue expanding their knowledge, recognizes them for their total involvement in and comprehension of the livestock industry, and instills ethical values, good sportsmanship and product evaluation skills.

It provides youth with the opportunity to blend knowledge and skills they have acquired as they are asked a series of questions related to Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Goats (Dairy and Meat), Horses, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep and Swine.

They will be given the opportunity to identify 10 Retail Meat Cuts, 10 different Livestock Feeds, 10 Livestock Breeds and 10 different pieces of Livestock Equipment.

Upon the conclusion of the questions, they will then be given the opportunity to answer another series of questions as a team about Quality Insurance.

The 4-H Livestock Skill-a-thon is open to all Clay County 4-H members (grades 3-12).

Teams may consist of up to four members. Teams must not include more than two individuals in the same age category. For example, a team of four must be two seniors and two juniors. Age divisions are based on the 4-H'ers grade as of Jan. 1, 2012 (junior -- grades three, four, five, six and seven; and senior -- grades eight, nine, 10, 11 and 12).

The overall team score will include the top three individual scores.

Any 4-H'ers interested in participating need to register with the Purdue Extension Office by 9 a.m., July 20. The first 10 teams to register will receive free T-shirts.

The contest will start promptly at 11 a.m., July 20, in the Livestock Show Arena.

The top three junior individuals, top three senior individuals and top three teams overall will receive awards.

Awards will be presented prior to the livestock auction at 5:30 p.m., July 20.

For more information or to register, call Purdue Extension Clay County at 448-9041.

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