Connor, 14, and Sachara Garrison, 8, of Seville, race to fill buckets with water using wet sponges only during the Barnyard Olympics at the Medina County Fair on Wednesday. ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE
MEDINA — Bright lights and noises from food stands, rides and the surrounding crowd didn’t distract the kids who showed up to play Wednesday in the Barnyard Olympics at the Medina County Fair.
The event was put on by the Junior Fair Board as a way to teach young fairgoers about farming and agriculture.
“We wanted to create a new event that really showed what is involved with agriculture,” said 17-year-old Culley Emerson, co-chair of the event. “We really wanted this event to be more farm- and agriculture- oriented than the other ones.”
Activities included dress a farmer, where kids competed to see who could put on jeans, boots, a flannel shirt and cowboy hat the fastest, and a relay race where kids had to fill up a bucket with water using wet sponges only.
In another game, kids practiced “sheep herding” by trying to get a bunch of blown-up balloons in between four cones using only their feet.
The Finding Feed game involved kids digging through a bucket of animal feed, in this case corn, to find seven toy animals.
Sachara Garrison, 8, of Seville, said searching through the corn was her favorite game, while her sister, Emma, also 8, said she enjoyed all the games and couldn’t choose a favorite.
Junior Fair Board President Cecilia Mainzer, 17, said the board got the idea for the event at a statewide fair managers conference.
“We just wanted anybody to come in and learn, not only about Junior Fair Board or 4-H but, you know, what farmers kind of do and the chores they have to do every day,” Mainzer said.
Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or email@example.com.
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