4-H’ers favorite week of the year

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As reported in the Hutchinson News: Preparing for the Reno County 4-H Fair is an annual family event for the four children of Marvin and Heather Schlatter. Meadow, 10, Tucker, 14, Willow, 17, and Piper, 19, – members of the Union Valley 4-H Club – are all working hard to polish their projects to exhibit at the county fair.

“They love (the county fair,) it’s their favorite week of the year,” said their mother Heather Schlatter.

The kids work with the animals all summer, but two weeks before the fair, they bathe the goats and rabbits and clip them. “It’s the busiest two weeks of the year.”

Meadow talked about her goat, rabbit, foods and lego projects and maybe entering potatoes in the horticulture division. Tucker is entering his market doe, Dolly, in the goat show, and he will be showing a rabbit. Willow has rabbit, goat, foods, arts, and leadership projects this year.

Piper, who just finished her freshman year of college, will be showing her goat, Reba, in the goat show. This is her last year to participate as a 4-H’er, and in years past, she has shown in rabbits, foods, photography, crafts, leadership, and public speaking.

“We really enjoy the fair,” said Heather Schlatter, “they love the time with their siblings and it’s a neat thing to do as a family.”

The Gillespie sisters Ella, 10, and Avery, 7, are busy preparing their projects for the county fair. Both are members of the Thomadora 4-H Club. Ella is in the clothing construction and style review, foods and woodworking projects. Avery is in the foods, buymanship and photography projects. Their younger sister Katelyn, 5, is too young to participate but will be able to join them in the future.

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