Kids are showing off their passions at the Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair

We're five days into the Tippecanoe County Fair and judging hasn't slowed down for the animal or craft shows.

Posted: Jul 24, 2019 6:41 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Five days into the Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair and judging hasn't slowed down for the animal or craft shows.

However, there is a different side of the fair. 4-H members are getting the chance to show of some of their unique talents and interests.

You won't find any cows or pigs in the home economics and exhibit hall buildings at the Tippecanoe County Fair.

Instead, you'll find exhibits of kids displaying their passions.

"In 4-H, we teach life skills," said 4-H educator, Jenny Monarch-McGuire. "So not just how to raise animals which is what most people think 4-H is. We teach how to do anything in life."

Cake decorating, veggie growing, model building, photography, and anything in between are all examples of what can be judged in the hobby category.

Monarch-McGuire said these projects help the kids express themselves in different ways.

"There are so many kids who find out what they truly want to do with their life through 4-H," said Monarch-Mcquire. "It's an opportunity to explore your passions."

Landon and Maggie Ratts both had exhibits judged earlier this week.

Both said they appreciate the opportunity to do what they love.

"I enjoy it a lot, knowing people that enjoy stuff like this, and you can show off what you've been doing for a long time," said Landon.

"I like expressing myself and expressing my feelings in what colors I like and everything," said Maggie.

Maggie was honored as a reserve champion, which gives her a possible spot at the Indiana State Fair.

As a 4-H parent, Nikki Laffoon encourages parents and kids to experiment with their 4-H entries and not be afraid to step out of the box.

"Anything that you like to do, you can find a place to put it," said Laffoon. "So I would just say, just go for it and for the parents, just encourage your kids to do their best. That's really the most important thing."

Maggie has only been sewing for two years, but she saif that doesn't stop from encouraging her peers to find their passion.

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