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Stephanie Stocking, 18, (from left) Alicyn Olson, 14, Katy Beaber, 9, and Hayleigh Olson, 14, carry a bucket of water with holes poked in it Thursday during Ag Olympics at the Bureau County 4-H Fairgrounds in Princeton. The challenge was one of four that teams of four competed in during the event.
Dylan Johnson, 8, tries not to get wet as he carries a cup of water to a bucket as part of a relay for the Ag Olympics Thursday in Princeton. Johnson’s team of four couldn’t decide on a name between “Rainbow Unicorns” or “Dominating Ducks”.
By Katlyn Rumbold Princeton Bureau Chief
PRINCETON — The Bureau County Farm Bureau sponsored an Ag Olympics event Thursday afternoon, which served as a friendly competition for 4-H’ers to unwind after a full day of exhibiting their projects at the 4-H fair. Ag Olympics is designed to teach participants valuable life skills such as teamwork and strong work ethic. This is the second year the Bureau County Farm Bureau has organized Ag Olympics during the 4-H fair, and the youth really seem to enjoy it. “We decided to do this because we wanted to get our name into the minds of young kids. It’s not just something we offer to adults; we can offer to kids as well so we wanted to be part of activities throughout the community that bring awareness,” Jill Frueh, Bureau County Farm Bureau manager, said. Competitions consisted of several relays where the kids had to work together to win. For the first relay, they had to carry water from one tub to the next, followed by egg hockey, where they had to roll an egg to the finish line with a foam swim noodle. Then there was a second water relay in which they had to transfer a holey bucket of water from one tub to another, followed by a potato race where the kids had to run, hop, skip or jump to the finish line while squeezing a potato between their legs. Teams were made up of four participants from various 4-H clubs. The winning team, the Liberty Lions, consisted of Liberty 4-H members Hayleigh and Alicyn Olson, both 14 of Ladd; Stephanie Stocking, 18, of Spring Valley; and Katy Beaber, 9; also of Ladd. They said their favorite activities during the fair are showing livestock and exhibiting their baked goods, but Ag Olympics served as a much needed break from all the hustle and bustle in the show barns and exhibit halls. “Ag Olympics gives us a chance to work together,” Stocking said. “I only have a year left and being in 4-H is one of the best things of my life.” Frueh added she has been involved in 4-H for as long as she can remember and it really teaches so much, whether it’s Ag Olympics or exhibiting projects during the fair. “It teaches you to take pride in what you do. It doesn’t matter if you have livestock or general projects,” Frueh said. “It really teaches you how to go through your first interview. 4-H’ers have to talk to a judge one-on-one, and a lot of kids don’t have to do that until they are older in life. In 4-H you’ve done it forever, so it’s really a fun organization for kids and anybody should be involved in agriculture.” The 4-H fair concludes Sunday.