CORVALLIS, Ore. — It’s fair time in Benton County, and that means show time for 4-H members.
The fair marks an opportunity to reveal the hard work participants have put in for months: raising farm animals and getting them ready to auction off.
Some presented their pet ducks, rabbits, chickens, and guinea pigs simply for show; others showed their steer, pigs, goats, or sheep to sell. The 4-H members have been raising their farm animals for months, and they say it’s hard work.
“You wake up, you give it water, and make sure it has food and everything; make sure it’s healthy,” said Wyatt Stover, who was at the fair showing his pig. “You learn a lot of responsibility and learn how to take care of an animal properly. It’s a pretty good experience.”
The members say it’s a huge time commitment.
“I have to spend at least four to five hours a day at least – watering her, filling up her pool, and getting her food,” said Taylor Campbell about her Indian Runner Duck Molly.
The kids and teens also have the opportunity to learn more about where their food comes from. Though many of them say they get attached to their animals before selling them at auction, they say they have a new level of respect for farmers who treat their animals well.
“You learn a lot about ethics and how to treat your animals,” said Kaiana Bradley, who showed her pig. “And taking care of younger members, being a leader, and doing service projects, and a lot about being a good citizen.”