CheCouKan-I'm trying to get Hawkeye to come over here to the Coffeyville show in Aug.
Don't remember who asked, but my kids, and I think half their club all live in town. Hawkeye is right, there is so much they can do in 4H. Even big animal projects can be done without the actual animal. "Horseless Horse Project" etc.
We have the 4 bantam hole wooden rectangle showboxes like in the second photos. I've seen a variation of the other ones at the POOPs get together in OK. Someone there made them, but with just a support/carry top brace and wooden front/back. Really uptown looking. The rest of the sides was a tighter mesh. You could ask in the OK thread for directions or prices. I'll be going in May and could bring something back.
It was our extension agent who told us we couldn't enter in other counties 4H fairs unless we left our club and joined one in that county. Had a heated discussion about it last year. We had been debating in future going to Columbus' fair instead of our own. (CheCouKan's fair) He said our county fair was our one and only qualifier for state so long as we remained in our current club. Other parents who have switched clubs/counties before told us the same thing. It sucks, because we'll never qualify with the judge we usually get. At least nothing we would want to take to state. So we do the opens at state instead, but then get chewed out because we don't bring anything for 4H.
Honestly, I don't mind not doing a bunch of 4H fairs. Maybe ours are a lot different in our area though. All around us, they are multiple days long, usually in the heat of the summer with minimal facilities and security. I hate showing, but I love looking. Give me a nice, big open show any day. Especially in OK, MO or AR!
Allergies are kicking my rear at present. I'm so behind in both inside and outside work.
OH wow, I totally misunderstood you!! The shows I'm signed up for are district and county SHOWS. They aren't fairs. If you look on your Permanent Records form-- it shows where you can list Shows, QUiz Bowls, Speeches, etc.... this goes under Shows. This next one we are doing-- I also signed my son up for the Poultry Quiz Bowl, too. I'm so sorry I was telling you that we can show in other FAIRS. I didn't mean that! Basically, the shows we go to right now are just for "practice". The ribbons we accumulate are just for fun and don't count for our final county fair or anything like that. When you go to County Fair -- your own-- that is the only way to be invited to State, as far as I know. I thought you meant that you couldn't show at all the local poultry shows around here. Which you can! Whew-- so sorry to have confused you!