THE KENT COUNTY YOUTH FAIR IS FULL OF SURPRISES
There’s a lot more to the fair than just animals.
Our family has gone to the Kent County Youth Fair every August for the past 4 years. It’s a blast! But never once did it occur to me that my kids could be exhibitors. We don’t live in the country and we don’t have a farm. The youth fair is all about cows and goats and horses, right?
While animals are certainly a big part of the Kent County Youth fair they are not the only way kids can get involved.
Are your kids interested in any of these activities?[checklist2]
- Public Speaking
If you answered yes to any of the activities on the list, your child can participate in the fair!
Exhibiting has different display parameters for each category, but this photo gives you an idea of how some fair participants showed their work last year.
SIMPLY PUT, FAIR KIDS ARE GREAT KIDS
You might wonder why it’s worth the effort to have your child exhibit at the Kent County Youth Fair. But try it once and you’ll wonder no more.
Here’s what Fair President Jon Bieneman has to say:
“Being an exhibitor at the Kent County Youth Fair is a great opportunity that has been realized by many. An opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and build character traits are only some of the reasons to become an exhibitor at the Kent County Youth Fair.
The West Michigan landscape is marked by entrepreneurs, honor students, political figures, engineers, leading agricultural business leaders and many others who were at one time Kent County Youth Fair exhibitors. Their involvement in the Kent County Youth Fair undoubtedly played a part in their future success!”
Visit the fair and you will find kids that have accomplished a lot!
These same kids embody integrity and hard work. They are also confident. They know how to see a project through from start to finish, And the cool thing is, that culture applies to everyone at the fair. The fair is filled with role models for your kids. There’s a culture at the fair and it’s one of high expectations, courtesy and appreciation. Putting “Fair Exhibitor” on an employment or college application will give most kids an instant boost. Exhibiting at the Fair means something. And it means something good!
EVEN KIDS THAT LIVE OUTSIDE OF KENT COUNTY CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE FAIR
It doesn’t matter where you live, you can exhibit at the Kent County Youth Fair. Don’t let the name of the fair hold you back. It’s just another way of telling folks where the fair is located.
ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT EXHIBITING
How old do kids need to be to exhibit?
Kids ages 5-19 can exhibit at the fair.
Does my child need to belong to 4-H or some other club to exhibit?
No! Some kids do belong to a club but that is completely optional.[clear]
MAY 28 MEETING WILL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS
On May 28, head to the King Memorial Building on the Lowell Fairgrounds at 7pm.
A team from the fair will be on hand to answer questions about being an exhibitor at the Kent County Youth Fair. You will learn about being an exhibitor in general and also about the specific details about exhibiting in different specialty areas.
FAIR WEEK IS AUGUST 4-9
Whether you decide to exhibit or just visit the fair this summer, don’t forget that the fair and it’s many attractions starts August 4 and runs through August 9. Visiting the fair is a fabulous experience for the whole family. There is something for every age to enjoy. Strollers welcome!
For more information on being an exhibitor, check out the info event on May 28 or find all of the details here: http://www.kcyf.org/howto.html
You can also find the fair on Facebook,
Tell us – Have you exhibited at the fair in the past? Why do you love it? Are you thinking about exhibiting this year? What questions do you have?
Leave us a comment – and don’t forget to come out to the meeting on May 28!