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4-H means big fun to Kendall County kids

One-year-old Ruby Dittmer GrRidge seems little leery crossbred lamb during Kendall County Fair Yorkville Thursday August 22012. | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times

One-year-old Ruby Dittmer of Grand Ridge seems a little leery of a crossbred lamb during the Kendall County Fair in Yorkville on Thursday, August 2,2012. | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times Media

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Kendall Fair highlights

The Kendall County Fair continues through Sunday at the fairgrounds on Route 71 a mile west of Route 47 in Yorkville.


4:45 p.m.: 4-H King & Queen Crowning, Family Stage

6 p.m.: Truck and Tractor Pull


Noon to 3:30 p.m: American Racing Mowers Association races

1 p.m.: Antique Tractor Parade, Smith 4-H Hall

7 p.m.: Big Air Insanity Show, Event Arena

9 p.m.: D.J. Miller Band, Family Stage


Noon: Harding’s Chainsaw Log Carving Auction, Family Stage

1 p.m.: Antique Tractor Parade, Smith 4-H Hall

2 p.m.: Ramer’s Race Promotions - Demo Derby

4:45 p.m.: 4-H Parade of Champions, Family Stage

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Updated: September 4, 2012 6:10AM

“I got first place!” Tawney Kellogg, 7, squealed with delight Thursday afternoon as she laid eyes on the blue ribbon adorning her winter squash.

Little brother John, 6, was just as ecstatic when he spied his first place tomatoes.

The Kellogg siblings, of Yorkville, were two of more than 220 Kendall county kids who entered this year’s Kendall County Fair 4-H Show. They spent months planting veggies, making dresses, snapping photos, honing crafts, baking breads, refurbishing furniture and focusing on other trades and talents.

“4-H is important to us because it’s a chance for them to learn about their own family history,” Jennifer Kellogg said of her children’s desire to participate in the 4-H competition on the opening day of the fair.

The Kellogg kids are 6th generation farmers, on land that has been in the family for around 160 years, she said. “I really like the morals and values that go along with it,” the proud mother said.

Some teens enter up to 25 projects, while the little ones begin with just one or two, said Kim Eisnaugle, 4-H Community Worker.

“Everyone can cook,” she said.

And cook they certainly could. Brownies and fudge, freshly baked breads, succulent pies and delectable desserts sat on table, begging to be judged and then eaten in another 4-H contest category.

Best buds Katie Jorgensen and Lyndsay Larson, both 11 and of Newark, will spend all weekend together at the fair, showing their animals. Both girls got hooked on the program after watching their brothers participate.

“It’s looked fun, and I really like animals,” Katie said.

For Lyndsay, it’s about the county fair fame.

“I get to show them off and get ribbons,” she said smiling.

Her rooster, Benny, should surely win, she noted.

“He’s cool and he’s pretty and he has big feathers,” but whether that’s enough to land her a blue ribbon was yet to be determined.

And while this year’s veggies were plump, and the animals well fed, there were some show categories that were lacking in participation.

The crop table, for instance, was almost bare, save a few stalks of corn propped up against an otherwise empty show board in this summer of drought.

“The picture category was way up this year. I don’t think people ever stop taking pictures. The crops have taken a huge hit though, because of no rain,” Eisnaugle said.

To see the projects that did make it to display, and to see Lyndsay Larson’s prized rooster, Benny, visit the Kendall County Fair throughout the weekend. A schedule of events can be found at

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