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Published June 30, 2011, 09:28 PM

Lake Region 4-H Kids Won't be Showing Projects at State Fair

Several Ramsey County 4-H members qualified to take their projects to the State Fair this week, but because of historic Minot flooding and a downgraded State Fair, none of them will get to go.

Several Ramsey County 4-H members qualified to take their projects to the State Fair this week, but none of them will get to go.

4-H clubs and members start working on their projects almost one year in advance.

"For many of our clubs, they start planning for next year's activities right away after Achievement Days," Ramsey County extension agent Brenda Langerud said.

Achievement Days gives the public a chance to see all that hard work and for 4H members to qualify for the State Fair.

But for some of the contestants, winning that purple ribbon wasn't everything they expected this year.

"That's what we work for all summer so it's a bummer because there's nothing to look forward to now," 4-H member Alexus Schemionek said.

Alexus has nothing to look forward to because there will be no competitive exhibits at the State Fair this year because of historic flooding in Minot.

Although disappointed, many 4-H-er's are keeping a positive attitude.

"I'm just real excited for next year because at least they'll have it next year so at least I'll actually get to try it in my life," Kadee Schlenker said.

This is Kadee's first year showing her horse and qualifying for the State Fair, but she will have to wait until next year to be able to go.

"I was really sad about it because I was so excited," Kadee said.

Even though many 4-H members are disappointed that they can't take their project to Minot, they understand why.

"They are by far more concerned about the residents of Minot," Langerud said.

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