Thursday, August 16, 2001

Youths travel to fair with animals

By Suzanne K.Yowler
Enquirer Contributor

[photo] Wesley Anderson, 17, of Burlington sprays down one of his pigs.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Northern Kentucky youths are using steers and rabbits to get to this year's Kentucky State Fair, which begins its 11-day run today in Louisville.

        Wesley Anderson, 17, of Burlington has been showing livestock for the last eight years. He is taking a pig and a steer to the fair this week. To prepare, he has washed and fed his steer three times a day and washed, fed and walked his pig twice a day.

        Wesley's hard work will help finance his college education.

        A multiwinner at state and Boone County livestock competitions, the Conner High School senior has won $6,000 this year.

        “I want to go to school and my parents can't afford to send me, so I thought this was the best way to do it,” Wesley said.

    Fair opens at 7 a.m. daily through Aug. 26. Exhibit buildings are open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
    Tickets: $7; $3 for children and seniors. Parking: $3.
    Information: (502) 367-5002 or
        Cold Spring brothers Ben and Brad Racke, 15 and 17, respectively, will show steers in addition to cattle.

        “You have work with them every day so at the fair they won't get spooked by the people and the other cattle,” Brad said.

        For Jennifer Zimmer, 19, of Edgewood this is her last year in 4-H. A student of agricultural education at Lexington Community College, she has participated in 4-H for nine years but will be too old to show through 4-H next year. She will be at the fair showing her rabbits. She also entered photographs and a hanging basket.


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