SMITHVILLE — Volunteers and 4-H club members will flock to Smithville’s historic downtown this weekend to participate in the Clay County 4-H Fair. The event begins at 5:45 p.m. Friday, July 12, and runs through 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14. This year’s event celebrates expansion to three days of activities and is being held in a new location.

“Fair is the culmination of months of hands-on learning by our 4-Hers, but fair is a community event. It’s something everyone can participate in,” 4-H Youth Development Specialist for Clay County Sarah Morefield said. “We have so many exciting events for families to take advantage of hands-on learning. We’ll have activities about pollinators, gardening, coding, virtual reality, and games and prizes, too.”

Beginning with an opening ceremony in Courtyard Park, located along the 100 block of Main Street, all Clay County 4-H clubs will be recognized, including eight community clubs from Smithville, Kearney, Liberty, Gladstone and Excelsior Springs in addition to 20 North Kansas City School District after-school elementary-based clubs.

Volunteer Christy Lovenduski said community members are invited to join for a wide range of festivities, which take place predominately in the downtown area.

July 12 events

On Friday, club members will have poultry, rabbit and dog shows. Additionally, the community is invited to participate in a pet costume contest.

Vendors including food trucks will be available, as will a social media giveaway.

July 13 events

Beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday brings a scavenger hunt, pie baking contest and sale, and a Kids in the Kitchen cooking competition, each of which is open to the public.

Day two also features a social media giveaway, the farmers and makers market, 4-H activities tables; demonstrations; and exhibits made by 4-H youth on display at Smithville Senior Center, City Hall and Chop’s BBQ, all located off Main Street.

“You will see displays made by our members in cake decorating, woodworking, robotics, quilting, aerospace, gardening, camping, shooting sports, filmmaking and more,” Morefield said.

As evening approaches, festivities will include live music and carnival games. At dusk, the evening will close with a screening of Disney’s “Moana.”

July 14 events

Sunday will feature the fair for an additional three hours from 1 to 4 p.m.

“We’re trying to make it a family and community event,” Lovenduski said. “We want family fun for all.”

For more information about Clay County 4-H, search for “ClayCo4H” on Facebook. You can also find information regarding the fair by searching Facebook for Clay County Fair – Clay County MO. Morefield can be also be contacted at morefieldsa@missouri.edu or by 407-3490.

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