What David Fourqurean and the University of Kentucky's Extension Office are trying to do with their 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs is take pretty good livestock and use it to help make great kids.

That's why Fourqurean, an agriculture agent, and the extension office work with the McLean County Fair Board to help run the livestock shows, as well as the 4-H home economic and agriculture exhibits, like needlecraft, woodworking, and vegetable contests during the McLean County Ag Fair, which is scheduled to take place July 11-13 at Myer Creek Park.

Fourqurean has been involved with showing livestock and all things 4-H and FFA all his life, and now his kids are also taking part in such festivities.

Working with livestock, in particular, teaches kids responsibility, how to win, how to lose, how to be humble, he said.

"All those things are brought into that particular project, and shows them how to act as they get to be adults," he said.

Those things, and much more, are what we are adults trying to teach children, and being a part of fair shows is a part of that.

The McLean County Ag Fair is an agriculture fair and county fair all in one, according to Allan Murray, chairman of the Ag Fair Board. There are all the things associated with county fairs, like carnival rides and funnel cakes, but there are also activities celebrating agriculture in the community.

Events include:

• The horse show runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, with the show beginning at 7 p.m. For more information contact Barry Ellis at 270-499-0144, Scotty Stogner at 270-543-6166, or Tammy Robertson at 270-604-3346.

• The truck and tractor pull begins 6:30 p.m. each night to the fair. Thursday will feature farmstock vehicles, from 3,500-10,000 pounds, no cut tires. The Friday show features garden tractors, antique. The Saturday show features out of field vehicles, factory weights six MPH. For more information contact Zach Hagan at 270-313-9051 or Mike McCarty at 270-499-1401.

• The mule show will be at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the park. Grand entry is free but for classes two to 11. It's $2 per entry. For more information contact Toot Phillips at 270-925-9825, Sandy Rearden at 270-775-8197, or Mary Ann Ellis at 270-499-1263.

• The livestock shows run throughout the weekend of the fair, beginning 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11 with youth beef. The youth market lamb show will be 6 p.m. Friday, July 12, and the youth rabbit show will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, with the poultry show that same day from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The youth swing show is also 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information contact Fourqurean at 270-273-3690.

• The talent show 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11. For more information contact Kristie Bowlds at 270-993-5287.

• The car show runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, with the parade starting at 3 p.m. and awards taking place at 2 p.m. For more information contact Lee Humphrey at 270-313-2857.

• The deadline to enter the Tiny Tot, Little Miss and Mister, and Preteen pageants are June 30. The pageants will take place July 7, with Tiny at 2 p.m., Little at 3 p.m., and preteen at 4 p.m. in the McLean County High School auditorium. For more information contact Haley Ellis at 270-499-2492 or Jaclyn Owens at 270-499-2668.

For more information about these fair events visit the McLean County Ag Fair Facebook page.

Bobbie Hayse, bhayse@messenger-inquirer.com, 270-691-7315.

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