Close to 100 children checked in their 4-H and FFA Projects Sunday in preparation for the 2014 Miller County Youth Fair.
Although the fairgrounds remained mostly empty Sunday afternoon, the exhibit hall was packed full of children and their families from around Miller County. By 2 p.m., there was already an impressive display of projects to be seen including handmade quilts, handcrafted woodwork, and cakes of all different sizes.
Elizabeth Coppock said she can't wait to find out of the cake she worked so hard on will earn a blue ribbon.
"It took a really long time," Coppock said. "We had to make the fondant. There was a lot of fondant involved. We had to cut fondant strips and put them on here with icing. It took a few afternoons."
Emily Voss said she learned a lot from raising the steer that she'll bring to the fair for exhibition. "I'm with him ever since he gets weaned at six months old," Voss said. "Breaking him to lead and just messing with him so he's like a big puppy dog."
Voss said raising a farm animal from birth is challenging, but understanding her agricultural heritage is something she is proud to take part in.
There are a lot of events scheduled for the fair throughout the week that it takes place. On Monday, July 21 the fair kicks off with the Miss Miller County and Miss Miller County Teen Scholarship pageants. The pageants take place at 7 p.m. inside the Eldon High School fine arts building.
"It's a lot of fun," said Eldon 4-H staffer Heather Looten. "They're working on getting their cattle and their pigs and their goats all ready, so it's just a lot of excitement."
Eldon Resident Hattie Grisham said the fair gives residents from other parts of mid-Missouri a chance to see what Eldon and the rest of Miller County have to offer. "This is just one of the great things that gets a lot of people involved," Grisham said. "It's a great thing for kids to get involved in and help them become a part of their community."
By Tuesday, the rides and food vendors will be set up on the fairgrounds. Many other activities take place throughout the rest of the week until the fair concludes Saturday, July 26.