4H not showcasing for first time at Orange County Fair
A tradition comes to an end in Orange County. 4H is not showcasing this year. YNN's Elaina Athans tells us the reason behind the decision.
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TOWN OF WALLKILL, N.Y. -- “It’s quite difficult and stressful on the children, the animals and the staff," said Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County Executive Director Lucy Joyce.
For the first time, the 4H is not going to showcase animals at the upcoming Orange County Fair. It's usually a crowd favorite for attendees.
Cornell Cooperative Extension, a none-for-profit that oversees 4H, says the fair is taxing and lengthy. The fair runs 13 days and the young caretakers have to stay.
"If the animals are there, the children need to be taking care of their animals. They have other animals at home. It’s a very long time to be there," said Joyce.
4H has been a part of the county festivity for half a century.
“We have to all change with the times. So we’ll make sure we have a great fair here and we have a lot of people here that have worked very hard all year long," said Orange County Fair General Manager Mike Gurda.
4H will still have a presence at the fair. It’ll come mostly in the form of exhibits, so the public is still able to see and check out the animals. 4H will hold its own event, and it’s going to coincide with the fair.
"For us, the purpose of children showing is for their youth development and for them to have that interaction. And we just feel that meets the children’s need better,” said Joyce.
4H will host a short five-day showcase at Bergen Farm in Slate Hill. To keep animal lovers entertained at this year's fair, a horse show and exotic animal display have been added.
"It’s not that often you get to see a baby tiger or cub. It’s something I'm looking forward to seeing," said Gurda.
The fair opens July 13th and will go until July 29th.