Brynlie Sekavec has never milked a cow before, so on Wednesday when she had the opportunity, she didn’t pass it up.
“It was a momma cow,” Sekavec said of the black, replica cow she had just finished milking.
The four-year old and her two older sisters, Ellie, 7, and Rylie 10, were just some of the participants at the Farmer for a Day booth at the Finney County Fairgrounds as part of the offiicial opening day for the Finney County Fair.
Connie Gross, 4-H Ambassador advisor, said the Finney County Fair has done Farmer for a Day for the last 20 to 25 years.
The event is where the 4-H Ambassadors set up an area for city kids to experience some of the things that farm kids perform on a regular, almost daily basis. 4-H kids are there to explain and teach as visitors go through the exhibit.
The exhibit featured a bucket full of corn, an artificial cow that kids could milk, as well as edible soil.
“We dug for potatoes,” Ellie Sekavec said of the one of the booths, that allowed for participants to dig up potatoes, adding that they found some that were about the size of tennis balls.
Ellie Sekavec added that they didn’t eat the potatoes because they were buried in the sand.
“The only thing we’re not doing that we’ve done in the past is chickens and eggs,” Gross said. “That’s why we’re doing the edible soil.”
Edible soil came in a cup and included various sweets like cocoa pebbles and gummy worms to look like soil.
Gross estimated that there were 150 participants last year, adding that the event is for all ages and there have even been adults that have participated.
Farmer for a Day also will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today and Friday in the northwest corner of the Finney County exhibition building.
Along with the Farmer for a Day, there is a variety of 4-H projects on display. Some of the exhibits on display in the Exhibition Building include crafts, photography, woodworking and clothing construction just to name a few.
There also is livestock on display, such as poultry, rabbits, swine, goats, sheep and cattle.
Outside of the show arena, nine-year old Dylan Burch was petting his four-month old steer, Diesel, after he had prepped it for the beef show slated for Wednesday evening.
Wednesday was the first time Burch brought a steer to the beef show, he said, adding that he wasn’t nervous because his jet-black steer “walks good.”
“He weighs 470 pounds. You got to feed him six pounds of corn and two pounds of sweet feed,” Burch said, adding that he had to trim the steer’s hair on its spine before the show.
“I thought it it was too long for his head, to where they couldn’t see his eyes,” Burch said as the reason why he cut the animal’s hair. “I had to walk him a lot and we had to wash him (to prepare the steer), too.”
For the beef show, Burch said participants must walk in a circle and keep an eye on the judge while walking.
“You have to make sure his head is straight and high up,” he said.
When asked if it’s difficult to do all the steps in the beef show, Burch said not so much because his steer is “good.”
Burch said he plans to keep the steer at his uncle’s farm after the fair.
During the fair, the Pride of Texas Carnival will be set up for the remainder of the week from 6 p.m. to midnight every night.
Pride of Texas operates a variety of amusement attractions for all ages including the Power Surge, Blizzard, Tilt-A-Whirl, Giant Gondola Wheel, and the Zipper which was once owned by Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch, according to the Pride of Texas website.
Wristbands are available for $25 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m, they will not be sold after 11 p.m. Wristbands are valid for the day of purchase only, and give access to any of the rides at the carnival. Wristbands can be purchased at the carnival ticket booth.
Individual tickets are $1 and most rides are three to four tickets.
For a full schedule of fair events, see the Weekender of Page A3.
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