4-H families prepare to show at the Josephine County Fair

For some students at the Josephine County Fair, 4-H is a family affair.

Posted: Aug 15, 2019 7:28 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- 4-H students arrive at the Josephine County Fair bright and early. Some come as early as 5:30 a.m. to prepare their animals for the day. 

Wyatt Walsh is one of those students. He didn't plan on joining 4-H, but he said it's paid off. 

"My mom actually made me do it," Walsh said. 

That's how Walsh got his start in 4-H. He started last year, during seventh grade, and decided to stick with it. 

"They've taught me a lot about leadership and ways to make new friends," Walsh said. "Really, anything you want to improve on, they help you do it."

This year, he's showing a goat. 

"My goat's name is goat-tee," Walsh said as he chuckled. "I couldn't think of anything and I call him goat-tee a lot."

Wyatt's mom and younger siblings are at the fair to support him. 4-H can cost hundred of dollars, but parents said that the program is worth it.

"It gives him a sense of thinking beyond just here and now," Naomi Walsh, Wyatt's mom, said. "It shows him how to care more about what's going on in our world."

Wyatt Walsh isn't sure if he's going to pursue farming in the future. But he is happy to be in 4-H right now. 

"It's a lot of hard work," Walsh said. "But at the same time, it's fun."

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