OTTUMWA — The Wapello County 4-H Expo will bring a week of family-friendly activities that include everything from a pie eating contest to Barnyard Olympics.
"This year we are doing more different little workshops," said Wapello County Youth Coordinator Cindy Emery of Iowa State University Extension. "We are having pork chops on a stick, and Mitch Goudy performing."
The event will be held at Bridge View Center from Monday, July 14, to Saturday, July 19. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend any of the activities planned for the week regardless of their 4-H affiliation. The expo will kick off Monday with the royalty pageant in the evening, as well as third-grade Clover Graduation, and senior awards will be announced.
Tuesday will be filled with exhibit judging and live stock check-in. Wednesday is Kids' Day with scheduled activities from the 8 a.m. horse show to the 7 p.m. swine show. Emery explained that the two big events at the expo are these two shows, which gives 4-H participants a chance to show off their hard work.
According to Emery, kids who participant in 4-H learn important life skills such as respect, teamwork and commitment as well as the hands-on agriculture experience.
In between the horse and swine shows Wednesday, the expo will be hosting events such as the Ugly Cake contest, Barnyard Billy and face painting. Thursday is pet appreciation day, which features activities for animals and their owners. The day will start with dog obedience class from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a pet and cat show at 3 p.m. There will be other kids activites throughout the day beginning with the sheep and goat show from 8 a.m. to noon. Among the various activites will be an alumni lunch at 11 a.m. and the poultry show at 1 p.m. The Mich Goudy show will end the night at 7 p.m.
Saturday features a pancake breakfast at 6 a.m. to kick off the days events. The beef show will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, followed by a stick horse rodeo and pie eating contest. The expo will end with the 4-H's Got Talent Show at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call Emery at 641-682-5491.