Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fair board decision

4/2/2014

My name is Annie Dekat. I have been in 4-H for five years. I love it and I am learning a lot.

I am sending this because recently the Franklin County Fair Board decided that no animals or shooting sports are allowed in Celebration Hall at the fairgrounds. We can still meet there, but our animals and shooting sports are not allowed in the building. I cannot begin to express my disappointment in this decision.

My name is Annie Dekat. I have been in 4-H for five years. I love it and I am learning a lot.

I am sending this because recently the Franklin County Fair Board decided that no animals or shooting sports are allowed in Celebration Hall at the fairgrounds. We can still meet there, but our animals and shooting sports are not allowed in the building. I cannot begin to express my disappointment in this decision.

Celebration Hall is important because it is a place where we can learn and practice for the fair. It is easier to work there because the weather does not interrupt meetings, and our animals and members will not be distracted by cars driving by, people walking by, wind, and dust blowing.

My little sister just joined at the beginning of the 4-H year, and I want her to have a good experience in 4-H. My brother has been in 4-H for two years and he loves it too. All three of us are in the rabbit project, and I am also in the dog project. I am worried about the future of the animal projects and shooting sports.

I am disappointed that our animals cannot go into Celebration Hall anymore. One of the dog project meetings was canceled because of bad weather, and when we could go the next week, it was difficult to hear and stay on track. We can focus on our work better when we are in Celebration Hall. It is a big help in our learning. In our project meetings, we learn how to handle our animals, how to care for them, and what to do for the fair. Practicing is fun because you are working and bonding with your animal and much more.

4-H has impacted my life during the past five years, and I am learning things I never would have thought about if I had not joined. 4-H is affecting me, my siblings, and our clubs in a wonderful way. This decision is making me worry about our future in 4-H.

In conclusion, I would like to ask the fair board to reconsider its decision. I hope we can compromise or find an alternative solution that would work for all of us. I would love to work together and find a way to fix this problem.

— Annie Dekat, Ottawa

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