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  • Megann Horstead

Farm animals focus of Kane County Fair in St. Charles

As the calendar heads into the dog days of summer, the Kane County Fair showcased a plethora of farm animals.

A number of people were on hand for day two of the fair Thursday, viewing the many four-legged critters on display—from horses to pigs and rabbits to calves.

Gretchen Scheel, of Batavia, was one of many in attendance for the annual fair. She said her children are participants in this year’s 4-H cooperative extension program, and is excited to see the projects they’ve been working on all summer.

For her, she said, the event is a family affair.

“We have actually a lot of family that is here and then we have lots of friends we’ve invited to come see the projects that they’ve worked on,” she said.

Between two of her three daughters, Scheel said, they’ve finished 24 projects for exhibition during the Kane County Fair.

“Over the summer, the 4-H projects are just a great way to keep the kids active and involved and researching things,” she said.

Scheel said the hope is she can get all of her children involved in 4-H starting next year.

“Hopefully, next year my other daughter will be in the bunnies exhibition,” she said. This year, she and her family were checking them out. “That’s why we’re here.”

Scheel said she always enjoys attending the fair, and experiencing the different attractions made available to them.

“We love to come check out all the animals,” she said. “The kids have a great time on the rides. We just have a great time checking out all the projects that everybody’s done. It’s a lot of fun.”

Corinne Pace, of Elgin, said she drives past the county fairgrounds all time on her way to work, so she decided to drop in.

This year was Pace’s first time attending the fair, and she said there were animals she had never seen in person before.

“The furry-legged roosters over there…” she said. “They have like these feathers, but they look like fur.”


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