Fair for all

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Fair President Jeff Myaard said the six-day-long event usually draws about 60,000 visitors, and they expect that number to increase because of the week’s beautiful weather.

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For 18-year-old Hannah Troupe, the annual fair is a time to show off all the work she and others have put into training their animals throughout the year.

“It’s fun to bring the animals and show them,” said the Allendale resident, who's been to fairs throughout the county showing dairy cows, dogs and feeder steers as a member of the Blendon 4-H club.

Troupe said families often walk throughout the barn to look at the animals while smaller children get a closer look at the farm animals by petting them.

Throughout the week, members of 4-H clubs demonstrated and competed before judges to win ribbons with their animals — including horses, rabbits, goats and cows.

Wednesday morning’s 4-H Horse Show was a first for Hamilton resident Claire Helder. Although the 7-year-old didn’t compete, she watched her riding instructor, Josie Zoerhof, take to the arena and compete in the show.

Helder said she’s always had an interest in horses.

“They’re a fun kind of animal,” she said.

Grand Haven resident Ashlynne McKee also competed in Wednesday’s 4-H horse show with her horse, VooDoo. The 12-year-old said she has competed in fairs throughout the county and the best part is doing her favorite hobby with her friends.

For directions and schedules, visit ottawacountyfair.com.

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