Fair's weather is foul, but 4-H'ers find some fun

August 08, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Deep in the animal barns and show buildings, Carroll County 4-H'ers were huddled together under sleeping bags and sweat shirts Friday, hiding from the chilly, damp weather.

The daylong, soaking rain had turned away many fair visitors and postponed some events. But it had little effect on the participants' merry dispositions.

"Nobody's here," 16-year-old Melanie Soper jokingly wailed from her cocoon-like sleeping bag.

"Yeah, you just don't have the same fair atmosphere," teased Ginger Hull in reply.

Although there have been showers all week, Friday's steady downpour was somewhat unusual, said Bob Shirley, a Carroll County extension agent who works with 4-H.

"We seldom have this type of wonderful, soaking rain that rains all day," he said. "We usually have thunderstorms for a short period of time that threaten to wash us all down the hill."

During a rainstorm, the indoor chores get completed a lot sooner than usual, the girls said. By noon, all the chairs were set up in the lower show ring ready for the evening's livestock auction.

"That's not usually done until 4," Melanie said.

However, the wet weather allows the 4-H'ers to spend time together and get to know one another better, said Heather Hull, 18.

"We all get a lot closer," she said.

Jaime Baile, 15, said, "Even though it's raining, we still have fun. We're stuck here, so we goof off."

But the day was not without concerns.

"A lot of people are worried about whether anyone will come out for the sale," Melanie said, referring to the livestock auction that night.

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