Lebanon’s population of animals and farm creatures has always had a large presence at the Area Fair, and this year was no exception.

Lebanon County 4-H, a youth organization dedicated to hands-on programs in science, agriculture, and health, showed off a wide variety of animals in show this year.

Children got a chance to present cattle for judging in the Youth Dairy Show. (Will Trostel)

Most of the 4-H competitions (which included produce and science exhibits in addition to animals) were judged this past Saturday, and the entries were awarded with ribbons declaring first through fifth place, among other distinctions.

The National FFA Organization, simply known as FFA (Future Farmers of America), was also present at the fair. The organization teaches young and soon-to-be adults about leadership and career success in a multitude of fields.

Hayden Weaver was named the Youth Dairy Show Supreme Junior Champion on Tuesday. The Youth Market Lamb & Breeding Sheep Show took place on Thursday. Macey Fessler’s lamb was named the Grand Champion market lamb, with Blayne Heisey’s taking the reserve.

Pony Rides hosted by the Hoofs and Horns 4-H Club also took place every day from Sunday to Thursday. You may have missed the Pony Rides, but you’ve still got a day to check out the fair—find the full schedule of events here.

Interested in joining the 4-H Club or FFA? Read up on their membership process here and here, respectively. The 4-H Club allows membership between the ages of 8 and 18, while the FFA allows ages 12 through 21.

View some of the many, many animals that were at the Fair below, and head over to the Lebanon Area Fair Facebook for even more.

The Youth Dairy Show was put on by the 4-H Club and FFA. (Will Trostel)
Some of the goats were up on two legs, excited to see the fair-goers.
More of the Youth Dairy Show. (Will Trostel)
Young ducklings huddle around the warmth of a light on end side of the gallery space in Southeast Hall.
An exciting week is a great reason to take a nap, as the pigs held in East Hall found out.
Cattle line the area in the back of the Senator Brightbill Arena, where many of the animal events were held.
Not too many ducks in the poultry section–this winner was relaxing by himself while the roosters crowed nearby.
A Dwarf Hotot rabbit, its big eyes wide and alert.
A sheep in the process of being shorn. Once their wool is taken off, the sheep were dressed in coats and left to relax.
Shorn sheep were dressed in special coats.
Rabbits and hares shared a gallery room with the poultry. Some animals were napping the day away, but many were wide awake and alert to the passersby.
If you looked hard enough, you could even find a camel from Eudora Farms stationed at one corner of the fair, ready for rides.

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Josh Groh is a Cornwall native and writer who began reporting for LebTown in 2019. He continued to regularly contribute to LebTown while earning a degree in environmental science at Lebanon Valley College, graduating in 2021. Since then, he has lead conservation crews in Colorado and taken on additional...


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