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Family fun at Warren County Youth Fair

WARRENSBURG - Hundreds of area children and their family members annually find enjoyment in a full slate of activities offered at the Warren County Youth Fair.

This year's installment of this event, steeped in decades of tradition, is planned for Sat. Aug. 1.

Admission is free to this year's edition of the 137th annual fair. Activities are to be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Warren County Fairgrounds, Schroon River Rd., Warrensburg. The public is invited to attend.

Cornell Cooperative Extension has been the sponsor for the past 62 years with a purpose of developing leadership, teamwork and responsibility - and to recognize achievement and develop job skills, Extension employee John Bowe said Tuesday.

"This fair is a treasured tradition, providing self-guided learning and enrichment," he said.

The Youth Fair features exhibits including art, woodworking and food items that area youth have worked on throughout the year, as well as homegrown garden produce.

Four times as many as vegetables have been entered this year than last summer, and the other exhibits have averaged a 15 percent increase in entries, Bowe said.

Also featured is the annual Youth Talent Show which includes area children showcasing their skills in the performing arts, including singing, dancing and playing musical instruments.

Returning this year are various adventure-based games for children of different age levels. These games emphasize team building in meeting a particular challenge, Bowe said.

The fair includes a wide range of old-fashioned games and contests for children and adults, demonstrations and vendors. Also included is the ever-popular 4-H Horse Show, to be conducted between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

At 11 a.m. local author Dave Diamond will be reading from his science-oriented book, followed by activities for youth experimenting with magnetic force.

A full schedule of events will be available at the gate.

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