Sparse showing: Laura Tracy, 4-H leader for the gardening projects, places an entry on a table after it was judged. The hot, dry weather and earlier start for the fair caused problems for many 4-H'ers. However, judges tried to offer pointers and encouragement for the rest of the season. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Helpful hints: Hannah Williams, 7, listens to a judge talk about her potato during judging Friday morning at the Hancock County 4-H Fair. Hannah, a Mini 4-H'er, presented vegetable and flower projects for judging. (Photo/Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — An early fair combined with a dry, hot June had 4-H’ers struggling in their gardens to grow something worth showing at the Hancock County 4-H Fair.
And for 7-year-old Hannah Williams, one more obstacle got in the way for her first competition: rascally rabbits.
“We had a rabbit – it got in everything,” the bright-eyed redhead said Friday morning, the opening day of the 2012 fair and the day for judging garden produce and flower projects.