4-H youth from Grant County are ready to rock as the annual Achievement Days event gets underway Friday, July 29. The theme for 2016... 4-Her’s Prepare To Rock Grant County Achievement Days


4-H youth from Grant County are ready to rock as the annual Achievement Days event gets underway Friday, July 29. The theme for 2016 is “Grant County 4-H Rocks.” All youth will receive a t-shirt with the theme as designed by Hope Karels.

All activities will take place at the Grant County 4-H Grounds located south of American Lutheran Church on Flynn Drive in Milbank.

Events will kick off Friday with the judging of all static exhibits in the static building from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Exhibits will remain on display for the public to view Monday through Wednesday, August 1-3.

Two new items have been added to the lineup this year and will take place Sunday, July 31. The day will begin with a sanctioned kids tractor pull from 2-3 p.m. The 4-H cat show will then take center stage in the exhibit building at 3 p.m.

All 4-H alumni and families, as well as current 4-H families, are invited to a potluck meal at 5 p.m. “We encourage all alumni and families to attend,” stated Sara Koepke, Grant County 4-H Youth Advisor. “We value the importance of our alumni and encourage them to remain involved in our programs. As a way to honor those who have gone through the 4-H program, we hope you will join us for a potluck and continue to be involved in the years to come.”
Sunday’s events will conclude with a rocket launch slated for 6 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the launch will be moved to Monday, August 1, at 4:30 p.m.

Below is the schedule of events for the remainder of Achievement Days. Keep up-to-date with The Valley Express for your Achievement Day coverage.

Monday, August 1
8 a.m. to noon – Enter all live animals (vet at 11 a.m.)
8 a.m. to noon – Weigh-ins for swine, sheep, meat goats and beef
8 to 10 a.m. – Rabbit and poultry check-in
9 a.m. – Exhibit building opens
12:30 p.m. – 4-H rabbit show with rabbit hopping following
3 p.m. – Poultry show
6:30 p.m. – Human Foosball – Livestock building

Tuesday, August 2
7 to 8 a.m. – Enter beef prospect calves (vet at 8 a.m.)
9 a.m. – Exhibit building opens
9 a.m. – 4-H beef show
9:30 a.m. – Milbank OST tour, sponsored by Junior Busy Bees
12:30 p.m. – 4-H sheep show followed by 4-H meat goat show
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Shooting sports activity
5:30 p.m. – 4-H barbecue and community thank you for businesses
6:30 p.m. – Kiss the Pig
7 p.m. – 4-H style show

Wednesday, August 3
8 a.m. – Lactating dairy cow entry (vet at 9 a.m.)
8:30 a.m. – 4-H swine show
9 a.m. – Exhibit building opens
Noon – 4-H dairy goats show followed by dairy cattle show
3 p.m. – Round Robin and Showman of Excellence – Livestock building
4 p.m. – Release of static and animal exhibits
6:30 p.m. – 4-H livestock sale buyers supper
7:30 p.m. – 4-H livestock sale


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