An ‘old-fashioned’ county fair


4-H seeking sponsors for Agricultural Fair

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Charles Warner | The Union Times Livestock like this cow were a major part of the 2016 Union County Agricultural Fair and the same will be true at the 2017 Union County Agricultural Fair which will feature a number of livestock and poultry competitions. The Union County 4-H is seeking sponsors to help provide awards and prizes to the youth who will be taking part in those competitions.


UNION COUNTY — While other counties have seen their agricultural fairs disappear over the years Union County’s is still going strong and the 4-H program is looking sponsors to help it continue.

In a presentation to Union County Council Tuesday evening, Union County 4-H and Youth Development Director Mark Cathcart spoke about how the county is unique in having not only “one of the best agricultural fairs in the state,” but one that is still “a true county fair, the kind of fair we grew up with.”

Cathcart, both in his address to council and in a letter to Supervisor Frank Hart, explained that while other county fairs that still exist have become more about amusement rides, the Union County Agricultural Fair is still focused on agriculture. He stressed that the youth who participate in the fair through the 4-H program not only learn about the animals they are raising and preparing for the show, they also learn about the fundamental principles of 4-H, principles they can carry with them throughout life.

“The 4-H youth of Union and many other counties have spent countless hours working, training, and preparing their animals for these shows,” Cathcart stated in his letter. “Participants quickly learn that knowledge, hard work, and responsibility is the recipe for success. These are the fundamental principles of 4-H livestock projects.”

During his address to council, Cathcart pointed out that the 4-H youth work with their animals throughout the summer, dealing with not only the hard work involved, but with the often very hot weather that makes hard work even harder.

In his letter, Cathcart asked the county to become one of the sponsors of the fair, helping provide the funds needed to purchase the awards that will be presented to the youth taking part in the event.

“With this in mind, it will soon be time time to reward the hard work through competitions, prizes, and awards,” Cathcart stated. “This is where we need your help. We are giving you the opportunity to be a part of a success story in a young person’s life. We are asking for your monetary support so that we can offer a high-standard competition with quality awards. The 4-H motto is ‘To make the best better,’ and we want to encourage these youth to continue learning, working hard, and taking on added responsibilities. This will help increase their success in future endeavors.”

Cathcart stated that the sponsorship funds will be used for showmanship awards for the livestock and poultry shows.

“The showmanship classes are based on the knowledge and ability of the youth, and the training of the animal,” Cathcart stated. “This gives all of the competitors an equal shot at success. Like most investments, the return should be greater than the input. What is a better investment than the youth of our community and our future?”

Sponsorship Levels

These are the sponsorship levels for livestock and poultry shows:

Platinum Sponsor — $500

• Two large banners with sponsors name and/or logo (Will be designed to show ring and livestock barn.)

• Recognition in marketing program in print and online

• Recognition during livestock show

Gold Sponsor — $250

• Two medium banners with sponsors name and/or logo (Will be designed to show ring and livestock barn.)

• Recognition in marketing program in print and online

• Recognition during livestock show

Silver Sponsor — $150

• One small banner with sponsors name and/or logo (Will be designed to show ring and livestock barn.)

• Recognition in marketing program in print and online

• Recognition during livestock show

Bronze Sponsor — $50

• Recognition in marketing program in print and online

• Recognition during livestock show

Forms and funds need to be received by Friday, Aug. 25 in order for printed materials to be prepared.

All forms and funds should be mailed to Mark Cathcart, Union County 4-H, 120 Kirby Street, Union, SC 29379.

Checks must be made payable to Clemson University.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Livestock like this cow were a major part of the 2016 Union County Agricultural Fair and the same will be true at the 2017 Union County Agricultural Fair which will feature a number of livestock and poultry competitions. The Union County 4-H is seeking sponsors to help provide awards and prizes to the youth who will be taking part in those competitions.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_web1_IMG_0010Fair.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Livestock like this cow were a major part of the 2016 Union County Agricultural Fair and the same will be true at the 2017 Union County Agricultural Fair which will feature a number of livestock and poultry competitions. The Union County 4-H is seeking sponsors to help provide awards and prizes to the youth who will be taking part in those competitions.
4-H seeking sponsors for Agricultural Fair

By Charles Warner

cwarner@s24511.p831.sites.pressdns.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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