Last updated: August 14. 2014 3:37PM - 180 Views
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There are many attractions at the Missouri State Fair that range from art displays to horse shows. These things at the state fair have been shown for many years and are what makes the state fair so legendary.

One of the older attractions is the participation of 4-H members from around the state. Generations of families have been members of 4-H. Twenty-year-old Kami Nelson was a member of 4-H for 10 years. She is from Hale and was in the Hale Happy Hustlers 4-H Club. Nelson said she became a 4-H member because her family members were previous members and she is the fifth generation. She said she also joined because she loves animals, and she grew up on a farm. Nelson showed bucket calves, pigs and chickens, which also led her to 4-H.

After being in 4-H for 10 years Nelson decided to stay around 4-H and has been working in the 4-H building for six years. She said she wanted to stay involved in 4-H so she could help direct and to make an impact on the next generation.

One such new member is Tanner Tipton, who Nelson introduced to the Democrat during the fair.

Tipton is 11 and has already been a 4-H member for three years. She is from Green City and is a part of the Green City 4-H Workers. Tipton said she became a member after her mother had found out about 4-H at her work and because their family had cattle. Tipton is one of only a few members who were picked on Achievement Day to enter into competition. She won third place in demonstrations with the making of rubber band bracelets.

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