Hundreds to compete in 'youth day' at SEMO District Fair - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Hundreds to compete in 'youth day' at SEMO District Fair

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Students from across the Heartland will will be judged on their abilities to take care of animals like sheep, hogs, and cows at the SEMO District Fair on Wednesday.

It is all a part of the 4-H and FFA livestock competitions.

The focus will be on the steer, hogs, goats, sheep and cattle during the competition on Wednesday.

Parents of some of the students competing say this gives kids the a hands on opportunity for kids to learn skills they might not necessarily get inside a classroom and even some responsibility.

"Feeding and watering and tend to their general health," Dan Kranawetter explains. "Make sure that they act right, like they're not sick, got a cold or anything like that. If one of them is acting funny, like one needs medication or something, just basically keeping an eye on them."

Kranawetter has a daughter that will show off her sheep in the competition.

He says she has been a member of 4-H for the last 8 years and he looks forward to watching her compete.

"Growing up on a farm myself and seeing my daughter do this, it's fulfilling," Kranawetter said. "When she started out I could watch the sheep drag her and now I can see her drag the sheep. So it's been a journey."

Darrell Aufdenberg, president of the fair board, expects to see hundreds of people fill the bleachers to watch the students compete, including grandparents and friends.

Aufdenberg says the livestock competitions make the SEMO District Fair unique.

Of the 9 days the fair goes on, 7 of them are dedicated to livestock.

The youth day competitions kick off at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and run throughout the day.

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