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Thousands of State Fair 4-H and Open Class Exhibits

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This year's fair focus is the importance of agriculture in our state. 
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin shows you some of the Ag exhibits scattered across the fair.

Walk inside the State Fair Center and you'll find thousands of homemade projects.
(Dean Aakre / 4-H Youth Specialist) "4-H has always looked for a place to showcase their work and 4-H was often a part in early fairs and that continued to grow and even though fairs are just one part of the 4-H experience, it's the highlight for many."
A major highlight for thousands.
Livestock, small animals and static exhibits likes these total nearly 10-thousand.
(Dean Aakre / 4-H Youth Specialist) "It's more than just who wins and who gets first place. I think really that is what we try to strive is particularly in the 4-H program. it's a matter of reaching goals, accomplishing things that have been set out for them. they will take a project and then learn about the project and the exhibit is just a part of that, the public part that gets displayed."
Kids aren't the only ones displaying their hard work and efforts.
Thousands of competitors of all ages come to compete in the open class division. 
(Shelly Parish / ND State Fair) "The jams and jellies and the fine art, they are just as big. But, I think we have more quilts than anything."
Competitive Exhibits Director, Shelly Parish says agriculture is how many fairs got their start. 
And the staff wants to continue to showcase that legacy.
Which makes all the hard work and effort they put in well worth it.
(Shelly Parish / ND State Fair) "Seeing the smiles on the kids faces when they get their ribbons and all the work that they have done all year long and seeing the reward at the end."
In all the fair will showcase roughly 45-thousand exhibits.

Tomorrow Sarah Gustin takes you for a walk down machinery row at the fair.

 

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