Washtenaw County 4H Fair
It is an important event for many in the Ann Arbor area.
This is the most important week of the year!
You have worked with your dog, lamb, steer, horse all year to go to win the blue ribbon. Wow the excitement is huge and the anticipation is great.
This year the Grand Championship was from Manchester, Michigan and he is Zach Osborne and his beauty is J Bars Hardy Hammer. He is usually called Hammer by his family but he was winner on this night. It is an exciting time for everyone who rides horses and the whole fairgrounds becomes full with the other animals and crafts and visitors from the community.
The 4H fair in Saline, Michigan is a safe haven which holds the children and animals in the highest regard. They are the objects of the fair and there isn't a carnival ride to be found. The families who are there all week long end up feeling like this is a new family or fun camp for a whole week long with the community visiting and taking photos and thinking about how they might be a part of the fun next year. We hope you consider joining a 4H group, volunteering if you are an adult, visiting with children or grandchildren.
The 4H families come from every community in this area: Ann Arbor, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Ypsilanti and it just keeps getting larger. There are 200 horses who arrive on Sunday and there are often more than one kid who rides each horse.
I was thrilled to be a part with my daughter and son for 10 years and would be happy to find someone to teach your son or daughter if they get the horse "bug". If that happens, it will be a wild and wonderful ride and many years of fun. Don't say I didn't warn you.
This might be your dusty days watching the riders warm up.
These could be your evenings for a whole week...but then its all over. You are so tired and ready to be finished by the time Friday comes...but the next week when your daughter starts to ride again... if they *love* 4H they will begin to train for NEXT YEAR!
These kids work all year long to have a wonderful week at 4H fair and the people who I have known who participate...wouldn't change it for the world.
Become a part of 4H or at least visit to learn how hard the kids work. Everyone one of them waits a long year till it comes around again.