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125th Bottineau County Fair

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This June marks the 125th Bottineau County Fair.

And today is day one of the oldest county fair in North Dakota.

While many people are looking forward to the cotton candy, other sweet treats and seeing the rides light up the night sky...

The Bottineau and Rolette County 4H clubs have been working all year to teach local kids about more than just agriculture..

One of the most special things about 4H is that there is something for everyone.

Ag Extension Agent Karla Munson says they have cutting edge research and technology from the university level made available to them.

(Karla Monson, Bottineau County Ag Extension Agent) "So it's our opportunity to teach kids life skills and they're going to learn things they can use throughout their life, whether its livestock and growing livestock or its in the statics; so they might have learned how to cook or how to sew."

4H is most well known for its animal rearing programs, from rabbits and chickens to larger animals like pigs, goats and of course cows.

While he admits it is possible to attempt to prepare yourself and your animal for showing a couple of weeks in advance...

Samuel Hunter prefers to work with his livestock from birth, to make sure they're safe and tame.

(Samuel Hunter, 6th Year 4H Competitor) "You gotta get 'em tame. Thats the biggest problem. The whole hair and fur and stuff... that can be done in basically six hours... at least. But mainly, it's just raising 'em. Otherwise, you're gunna have problems in the ring."

The fair runs through the fifteenth with all sorts of entertainment and goods to check out.

For information on the fair you can visit www.bottineaucountyfair.com

And to see a list of all available 4H programs you can visit the NDSU ag extension website and find your county's site from there.

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