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4-H Kids Do More Than Play at South St. Louis Co. Fair

Updated: 07/11/2014 6:20 PM
Created: 07/11/2014 5:56 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

Summer is fair season, and there is plenty of fun to be had at the South St. Louis County Fair this weekend in Proctor. It's a great event for families, but the 4-H kids put a lot of work into the fair and learn lessons along the way.

Carnival rides, fried foods and fun can all be found at the South St. Louis County Fair, but it's not just entertainment for everyone. Kids in 4-H have a big weekend of work ahead of them.

Although it's tough work, Gabriel Fedorchuk said he loves tending to his cows.

“I have to clean up their poop, and give them feed and hey and water and stuff,” Fedorchuk said.

Mychala Marshall has just as much dedication to her horse, and she said it pays off.

“I've learned so much independence with horses, and so much work and I just think it's going to pay off in the future,” Marshall said.

She said her horse, Turbo, is over 20 years old so taking on the responsibility can be a challenge sometimes.

“He's kind of old now so he gets pretty crabby, I guess, like an old man, but he's pretty fun,” Marshall said.

She said that personality grows on you, and she loves showing him off at the fair.

“I guess it's more of a partner, friendship type of thing. We've been together for 8 years now so we kind of have a good relationship going I think,” Marshall said.

The 4-H'ers spend hours volunteering at the food stand. Buying burgers and potato salad there helps the kids get to the state fair in August, but they work for it. Caitlin Stingley said she was taking orders for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“Hundreds, but probably like 500 maybe over the last couple days,” Stingey said.

But she doesn't mind the long days.

“I feel like it's going to help me be a better person, and it's just going to help in the long run. Twenty years from now I'm going to wish I did more volunteering,” Stingey said.

4-H is a way for the kids to take pride in their accomplishments, but they do sneak in a little fun at the South St. Louis County Fair.

There is more to the fair than just farm animals though. The All American Lumberjack show is a crowd pleaser. The fair runs through Sunday and tickets cost $4.

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