August 11, 2000 | By: Aimee D. Heald

A "town" is being built on the Kentucky State Fair Grounds in Louisville, Ky. The citizens of Cloverville, a 4-H village, will put their skills on display in this unique fair exhibit.

4-H youth projects from all over Kentucky will be in the spotlight when Cloverville opens on August 17. Cloverville is made up of many unique booths made to look like store fronts of a small town. In the center of "town" there is a stage and a common area for contests, announcements and gathering with friends.

"Clovervillle really gives youth a chance to showcase their projects," Jann Burks 4-H Extension associate for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture said. "These projects are the best of the best on display for the general public."

Major project categories include: entomology and geology, forestry, electric, foods, horticulture, woodworking, clothing, knitting and crocheting, home environment, consumer science management and photography. Students work throughout the year to create fair-quality entries which are judged a few days before the fair begins.

Burks said the design will be a little different this year, so if you're a fan of Cloverville, be sure to look for the subtle changes. Cloverville is a massive undertaking. It takes two tractor-trailers to haul the displays from UK, in Lexington, to the Fair grounds in Louisville. Set-up begins more than a week before the fair, to make sure all the displays have electricity and look just right.

Something brand new to Cloverville in 2000 is the Ham Judging Contest for youth on August 17. Also, the Avian Bowl competition has a new junior section.

For the first time, 4-H will have two communications interns who will make up the 4-H Jr. Press Corp. These students will report on 4-H activities, while shadowing UK agricultural communications specialists.

"Cloverville will be a great experience this year," Burks said. "And we already have so many ideas for next year."

Cloverville is located in the West Hall and is open for the duration of the Kentucky State Fair, August 17 through 27. Judging will take place from August 14 to 16.


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