PEKIN — For Glenda Harrison of Pekin, the Tazewell County 4-H Fair is a great way to showcase the good things youths do. "I just think this is great, and I want to show my support to the kids," said Harrison.
For Cole Goff, 11, of Hopedale, the fair has other attractions.
"The money is the best part," said Goff, in his second year showing cattle at the fair.
Regardless of the reason, people turned out despite the heat to enjoy the fair, which runs through today at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin. The 4-H projects and livestock judging are the main focus of the event.
Harrison was watching the pigs being shown inside the barn.
"This is the first time I've been to this fair because we just moved here, but I've been to similar ones in Texas," she said. "And this is just so clean, and surprisingly not as hot as I thought."
Meanwhile, Goff relaxed, leaning against his cow while a fan blew on them.
"The heat isn't too bad, we're kind of used to it," he said.
Judging for his cattle will come today, but they were out on Wednesday to be shown.
Some attractions include a horse show, hog show, poultry judging, visual arts judging, a cat show, a dog show, the royalty show and plenty of food.
Ryan Cline, 13, of Mackinaw was walking around the exhibits done by 4-H members with his brother, Mason, 7. For the past two years Ryan had entered projects in the aerospace category and woodworking, but decided this year to just come to the event as a spectator.
"It's fun. Our cousins show pigs so we like that, and then we usually just like to walk around and look at all the projects," said Ryan Cline. "I definitely like the aerospace ones the best."
Mason Cline agreed, saying, "I like to see all the stuff, mostly the ones dealing with electricity."
Tabby Hubbard, 14, of Pekin was attending the fair for the first time this year, having just moved to the area.
"I'm just kind of looking around. I'm here with some friends," said Hubbard. "I like the animals best. Plus, since I just moved here, this is a good way to meet new people."