|Last minute touches on a sewing project|
There are several "shows" that are presented before the actual fair, done earlier due to time constraints, scheduling conflicts, and so that they are done before the state events. The girls competed in both the Dog Show and Cat show.
|Camille and Hannah|
|Bri and Emma|
|Turner and Tripp County dog show contestants|
|Camille and Cookie|
|Dietrich and Camille|
|Moyra, Dietrich, and Camille receiving showmanship ribbons|
The contests allow them to try and fail, with the support of their family, so they will learn how to accept failure graciously, and also how to plan and strategize for success the next time.
Didn't win the top Showmanship award this year? Practice and review the questions more before the contest next year. Your rabbit was underconditioned and got a blue instead of a purple? Plan a better feed program and make sure to keep the rabbit cool next August prior to the fair.
How else can we learn to become problem solvers for life if we don't have problems to solve? These opportunities equip them with the tools to deal with life's many obstacles and they learn to look for the solutions instead of giving up.
It also shows our kids that they CAN fail, and come out on the other side of it wiser and ready for the challenge next time, armed with a toolbox of skills. Being in groups like 4H or Boy Scouts gives kids the chance to learn this very important life skill of problem solving.
So bring on the Fair!