The Redwood County Fair officially begins this Thursday, but there is going to be, and already has been, plenty of activity in the days leading up to the fair, especially for Redwood County 4-Hers.
After spending months, or maybe just days, preparing for the annual event, 4-H members are going to have many of their projects judged tomorrow afternoon. Those projects are then going to be on exhibit for the duration of the fair for the public to see.
One of the most significant changes that has taken place at the fair as far as the 4-H program is concerned is with the food stand.
A deck was added and utilized for the first time last year, and this year different furnishings were added to the inside dining area.
According to Karen Beranek, Redwood County 4-H program coordinator, the county opted to change the dining area, which now includes tables with chairs and restaurant-style booths.
“The booths were bought at the Pizza Hut auction,” she said, adding the tables and chairs were donated by The Rusty Bucket.
The food stand also purchased a new freezer, warming table and cooler for food service.
The food stand, which was originally developed for 4-H families to have a place to get a good meal while they camp during the four-day fair, has expanded over the years and is now one of the county’s biggest fund-raising events of the year. Every club spends time working in the food stand at one time or another during the four days of the fair.
Beranek said a $5,000 grant from Monsanto helped with some of the improvements at the fair this year, which also in-cludes a new sound system. She said a hard-working food stand committee also committed to making sure the food stand is a place where people want to come and eat.
The 4-H program also received a donation of items, such as fans, coffee pots and other miscellaneous items from the New Avon United Methodist Church when it closed earlier this year.
The public is encouraged to check out the food stand and the other 4-H activities at this year’s county fair.