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Local 4-H Youth Are Gearing Up For the Franklin County Fair

BENTON – The Franklin County Fair is right around the corner, and 4-H youth are excited for in-person events for 2021! Local 4-H participants “learn by doing,” and the fair is their opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout their time in 4-H as they display their projects.

4-H youth who raise beef, swine, sheep, goats, dairy, and poultry for their annual projects can showcase them at the livestock show. The following number of animals will be on display for the show: 160 goats, 130 cattle, 25 sheep, and 230 swine.

Unless otherwise noted, most events will occur at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, located south of Rend Lake College, with several other shows featured at the Franklin County Extension office at 1212 Route 14 in Benton. Below is the schedule of events:


July 6              6:30 p.m.         Archery Show (Extreme Exigency, LLC, 9911 River Bend Rd, Benton, IL)

July 7              6:00 p.m.         Clothing Show and Foods Show (Franklin Co. Extension Office)

July 8              1:00 p.m.         Floriculture & Vegetable Gardening (Franklin Co. Extension Office)

                        5:00 p.m.         Cat Show

                        6:00 p.m.         Dog Show

July 9             10:00 a.m.       Photography Show (Franklin Co. Extension Office)

                       5:00 p.m.         Poultry Show

                       6:00 p.m.         Rabbit Show

July 10           9:00 a.m.         General Projects Show (public viewing from 4 – 6 p.m.)

                       5:00 p.m.         Tractor Driving

                       7:00 p.m.         Crops Show

July 11          9:00 a.m.         Horse Show (Wildfire Ranch, 12761 Webb Hill Road, Ewing, IL)

                      11:00 a.m.       Shotgun Show (Rend Lake College Trap Field)

                      2:00 p.m.         Rifle Show (Extreme Exigency, LLC, 9911 River Bend Rd, Benton, IL)

July 12           8:00 a.m.         Dairy Show

                       8:15 a.m.         Sheep Show

                       9:00 a.m.         Dairy Goat Show

                      10:00 a.m.       Meat Goat & Pygmy Goat Show. Wethers (immediately following Goat Show)

                      6:00 p.m.         Swine Show

July 13          9:00 a.m.         Beef Show

                      1:00 p.m.         Steer Show (or one hour after Beef Show)

                      6:00 p.m.         Fun Night

July 14          3:30-7:00 p.m. 4-H BBQ

                      6:30 p.m.         4-H Auction

The public is invited to attend the annual BBQ on Wednesday, July 14, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. The BBQ, hosted by the Franklin County Extension and 4-H Support Committee, begins at 3:30 p.m. and goes until 7:00 p.m. The cost for the meal is $10 and includes a BBQ sandwich, beans, slaw, chips, dessert, and drink. The meal will include a roadside drive-thru option for carryouts. The event will be followed by the livestock auction, which is also sponsored by the Franklin County Extension and 4-H Support Committee. There are 85 animals available during the auction, which is open to the public.

4-H members will have the opportunity to display their projects at the Illinois State Fair on August 14 in Springfield. All 4-H shows are open to the public and free to attend, so the community is encouraged to come out and support our local youth!