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Saturday morning, July 24 at the Chaffee County Fair started off muddy, with rain throughout most of the day. The first event was the 4-H indoor judging where participants created different projects.

Categories included shooting sports, crafts and hobbies, cake decorating, cooking and gardening clove buds, animal sciences, woodworking, and STEM projects.

Cakes made by Chaffee County 4-H members. Image by Brooke Gilmore

During the judging process, the kids are interviewed about their project and then judged. Winners of the judged event will go on to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.

4-H Project Club members meet regularly to learn about a special area of interest. Project clubs meet in addition to a member’s home club. Kids ages eight to 18 learn tangible skills as well as how to manage their finances. These kids also learn valuable communication and leadership skills.

All of this year’s projects will be on display at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds starting Wednesday, July 28.

Featured image: Participants explain their projects to the judges. This is one way they learn leadership and technical skills. Image by Brooke Gilmore.