Grant County Achievement Days take place from Monday, August 7, through Wednesday, August 9, at the Grant County 4-H grounds south of the American Lutheran Church on Flynn Drive in Milbank. But if you can’t wait that long, new this year, are a 5K run and two-mile fun walk, sponsored by the Shooting Stars 4-H Club. The run/walk begins Saturday, August 5, at 8 a.m. at the 4-H grounds. Registration opens at 7 a.m. The entry fee for the 5K is $10; the walk is free. The 5K winners receive prizes.
The ever-popular Kiss the Pig event is Tuesday, August 8, at 7 p.m. Spectators donate $3 to nominate someone to pucker up. Once nominated, a $10 donation allows the nominee to opt out.
A companion animal show will follow the traditional cat show on Monday, August 7, at 6:30 p.m. Four-H youth are invited to bring their household pets to display. “So far we will have a chinchilla, a hedgehog and a miniature donkey to name a few of the animals,” explained Sara Koepke, Grant County 4-H Youth Advisor.
Also new this year, the annual style show is being replaced with a Youth Project Showcase. 4-H’ers showcase their static exhibits in a style-show format. Koepke said, “This gives the youth more opportunities to show their static projects along with their clothing displays.”
The Grant County Junior Leaders sponsor a bonfire with s’mores on Monday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. A South Dakota-sanctioned kids pedal pull is Tuesday, August 8, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The entire community is invited to the 4-H Beef Barbecue Tuesday, August 8, at 5:30 p.m. “This is our way of thanking businesses and the community for their support for 4-H,” stated Koepke.
Achievement Days Schedule:
Saturday, August 5
7 a.m. Registration opens – 5-K Run and Fun Walk.
8 a.m. Start – 5-K Run and Fun Walk.
Sunday, August 6
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Animal check-in and weigh-in (goats, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine).
Monday, August 7
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Animal check-in and weigh-in (dairy cattle and beef).
8 a.m. to noon – Judging of all Static Exhibits.
12:30 p.m. – 4-H poultry show.
3 p.m. – 4-H rabbit show.
5 p.m. – Rocket launch (alternate date – Wed, August 9, at 2 p.m.).
5:30 p.m. – County-wide photo and club photos.
6:30 p.m. – Cat show and companion animal show – 4-H Livestock building.
7:30 p.m. – Bonfire with s’mores.
Tuesday, August 8
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. – Youth pedal tractor pull.
5:30 p.m. – 4-H beef barbecue for the community.
7 p.m. – Kiss the Pig followed by Youth Project Showcase.
Wednesday, August 9
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.
11:30 a.m. – 4-H dairy goats/dairy cattle show followed by 4-H swine show.
1:30 p.m. – Animal exhibitor meetings in Livestock Building Arena.
1:30 p.m. – Swine.
1:45 p.m. – Sheep and meat goat.
2 p.m. – Beef.
2:15 p.m. – Rabbit and poultry.
2:30 p.m. – Dairy goat/dairy cattle.
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.
8:30 p.m. – 4-H clubs clean up.