Wiley Wilt of New Park tries to pull his steer Jackson into position for the Showmanship judging during the 2013 4-H Fair held at the York County 4-H
Wiley Wilt of New Park tries to pull his steer Jackson into position for the Showmanship judging during the 2013 4-H Fair held at the York County 4-H Center. York Dispatch file

Coordinator Mary Jo Kraft said the annual York County 4-H Fair is a chance to clear up a misconception about the organization.

"So many people think it's just about being on a farm. While we're very proud of our agricultural roots, 85 percent of our members don't live on a farm," she said.

Instead, members of the York County 4-H Club include children from York City and throughout York County, said Kraft, 4-H coordinator and youth development educator for Penn State's York County Cooperative Extension Office.

The York County Cooperative Extension Office hosts the fair every year.

"It gives people a chance to see all 4-H has to offer," Kraft said.

The event: The fair will be held Friday through Monday at the York County 4-H Center at 771 Stoverstown Road in West Manchester Township.

Several events, activities and food vendors will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission and parking are free.

In its 34th year, the local 4-H fair aims to attract new members, and the theme — "Join Our Team in 2014" — makes that pretty clear.

"Our kids are learning life skills and applying them. They're learning leadership skills, teamwork, robotics and more," she said.

The 4-H members study agriculture, horticulture, engineering, aeronautics, alternative energy sources, wildlife, conservation and more.


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A range of knowledge is demonstrated in the 800 projects entered by about 500 kids, Kraft said.

"Some of our kids enter multiple projects. Many of them are interested in more than one subject," she said.

The event typically draws about 1,000 visitors, Kraft said.

"We really want the public to come. They'll learn a lot about where food and fiber come from," she said.

Attractions: Menu items on Saturday and Sunday include walking tacos, french fries, hot dogs, peach ice cream cones, snow cones and a barbecue chicken dinner.

Guests can also learn about gardening and healthy snacks from the 4-H Berries, Bees & Blossoms Club.

Other activities include demonstrations from Lady Bug the Clown, who will do facepainting, the South Side Steppers, White Rose Horse Club, Bob the Critter Guy, a Buy Fresh Buy Local scavenger hunt, York Arts and more.

"There will definitely be a lot for people to see and do," Kraft said.

For more information, contact the York County Cooperative Extension Office at 717-840-7506.

—Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.