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Youngsters, animals are the celebrities

STRATHAM — Alyson Bronnenberg, who heads the Merrimack County 4-H Oxbows, watched proudly from the stands Saturday as her daughter Lindsay, 11, labored with two steer within the judging ring.

“That is considered one of our qualifying occasions,” mentioned Bronnenberg, who recalled doing her personal showings together with her sisters in 1996. “The aim is to make it to the Japanese State Expo, type of their Olympics. She is doing fairly good.”

The occasion Saturday was the Stratham 4-H Summerfest, a alternative for the Stratham Truthful, which was held for greater than 50 years however has been referred to as off in recent times amid the coronavirus pandemic. This 12 months, there have been no touring carnival rides and the numerous different distributors that journey the truthful circuit for multiple-day occasions. It was a one-day mini-fair of types, centered on 4-H youngsters with agriculture and animals at Stratham Hill Park.

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Lindsay Bronnenberg of Loudon follows in her mom Alyson's 4-H footsteps during the Stratham 4-H Summerfest at Stratham Hill Park Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Bronnenberg mentioned the children doing the occasion get their pair of calves after they’re born. 

“They begin with halter coaching and primary instructions,” she mentioned. “They ultimately put the animals to yoke and connect these for coaching to a wheel, or a log.”

The Summerfest occasion featured a canine present, too.

Holly Lewis, an alumni of the 4-H dog show, now judges and helps guide younger kids working with their dogs during the Stratham 4-H Summerfest at Stratham Hill Park Saturday, July 16, 2022.

“That is the 12-15 age group (age of the children),” mentioned Holly Lewis, an organizer. “They’re judged on showmanship, management, presentation. Their canines have to cross obedience, the same old like sit, keep.”

Dotty Thompson, proprietor of Legacy Lane Farm in Stratham supplied a petting zoo with child goats. It was wildly in style.

“I come to the truthful yearly,” Thompson mentioned. “I really like the best way that is immediately. It is what it ought to be like. We’re right here for the animals and for the children.”

Shawn Chapin, 9, of Stratham, was more than ready to try his skills as a future farmer during the Stratham 4-H Summerfest at Stratham Hill Park Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Dan Crow, president of the Stratham Volunteer Hearth Division Affiliation, has mentioned the brand new occasion was held with youngsters in thoughts. It isn’t recognized what’s going to occur subsequent 12 months.

“There is no such thing as a official choice concerning the truthful,” mentioned Allison Knabb, a member of the city’s Choose Board. “This 12 months, 4-H reached out to us and it appeared a great way to go, to have this for the children.”

The occasion was free, with donations accepted. In contrast to the normal Stratham Truthful, the occasion was not a fundraiser and donations will go towards the prices of the day. Knabb mentioned Summerfest was organized by the city’s police, fireplace and recreation departments.

Pie eating contestants prepare to devour pies during the Stratham 4-H Summerfest at Stratham Hill Park Saturday, July 16, 2022.

4-H — which stands for head, coronary heart, fingers and well being — is a U.S. Division of Agriculture program that provides coaching in agriculture and different disciplines to younger individuals. 4-H is obtainable domestically by way of Strafford County and the College of New Hampshire.

Robin Simard of Farmington was so taken by a baby goat that she is now considering getting goats of her own. She had many questions for Dotty Thompson, owner of Legacy Hill Farm during the Stratham 4-H Summerfest at Stratham Hill Park Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Summerfest featured tasks accomplished by 4-H members, livestock judging, agricultural applications, an vintage tractor present and a pie-eating contest .

The Hearth Division had its meals shack open, and Hodgie’s offered an ice cream stand. 

Stay music, offered by Fretbenders, and magic exhibits by BJ Hickman ran all through the day.

The inaugural Stratham police vs. fireplace softball sport was deliberate for late afternoon to cap the day.

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