GREENFIELD — Gracie Johnson got up at 6:30 Wednesday morning. By 7 a.m., she was in the sheep barn working with one of the seven sheep she and her brother Jacob will be taking to the Hancock County 4-H Fair.
With just three weeks until the fair kicks off June 22, there is still a lot of work to be done.
“You have to halter them, break them and then you have to learn to lead them with your hands because you don’t want to take a halter into the ring,” Gracie explained.
Gracie, 12, and Jacob, 9, are just two of more than 1,200 kids who have been pulling double-duty, or in the Johnsons’ case triple-duty, for the past several months.
Not only were 4-H’ers trying to finish classes, which just ended last week, many, like Gracie and Jacob, were also still involved in sports activities and trying to get multiple 4-H projects ready for a fair that’s three weeks earlier than in years past.