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Oakland County Fair opens

June 25, 2014 - Animals of all kinds, carnival rides, a circus, fun food, pirates, exhibits and contests galore will all be part of the fun for both kids and adults at the Oakland County Fair, July 4-13 at Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg.

Behind the scenes making sure the fair runs smoothly are volunteers who know the importance of the event for not only children involved in 4-H, but for all Oakland County children and adults who choose to enter various contests or simply attend and enjoy all that is offered for free or at a low cost.

Brigitte Todd of Groveland Township wears many fair hats— as board director, exhibit hall chair, volunteer chair, and technology chair, and works full-time hours in preparation and execution of the event from the middle of May until its conclusion. She has been involved with the Oakland County Fair and the 4-H Club since 2000.

"I was looking for things to get my kids involved in," said Todd, the mother of Danielle, now 24, Erika, 19, and Faith, 12. "My neighbor said 4-H was the best thing her kids ever did— better than organized team sports or other activities. Kids learn character building traits in 4-H, how to deal with people and animals, and lots of different stuff."

Her youngest child continues to compete in 4-H, while Erika helps her mother with volunteer efforts. Brigitte plans to make sure fair visitors have a great time, as well as ensuring volunteers are happy and want to return.

Sharon Ashton, co-owner of Ashton Orchards with her husband, Dennis, will be superintendent of food and nutrition at the fair for the second year in a row, securing the volunteers who will judge children's projects in those areas. The 13 different food and nutrition categories include pies, cakes, candy, breads, main meals, hors d'oeuvres, jams/jellies/preserves, and homemade pasta. All food must be made from scratch, with no packaged cake mixes for example.

"It's an honor for me to do this," said Sharon, who will also oversee the Yesteryears Tractor Rodeo at fair and assist with the bottomless glasses of chocolate milk, as well as the senior breakfast. "I was raised in 4-H from the time I was old enough to join. 4-H is a fabulous thing that people should investigate. I'm a proud backer of 4-H and happy to do whatever they ask me to do."

Ashton has selected judges with knowledge in different food areas. They can judge not only by taste, but also presentation and various criteria, including whether jam is overprocessed (too dark) or pies are too runny, with not enough thickener. They offer constructive criticism to participants. This year, she said, there are roughly 100 entries in the food categories.

"It's a big thing for these kids and it gets them involved in more than just texting and computers," said Ashton, who notes there are many other categories too at fair, including plant science, photography, poultry, dairy, pigs and more— a boatload of activities for kids and adults.

Todd agrees.

"Oakland County Fair is open to everyone, you don't have to be a member of 4-H to attend or to enter competition and you don't have to have animals," she said. "You can do rockets, and kites, and art, website design, Legos, all kinds of fun stuff that is not animal-related."

While she noted the deadline for registering for fair contests is roughly June 1 every year, she invites all children and adults to come check out this year's fair, scouting competition and enjoying the fun.

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Susan covers Brandon Township and Ortonville
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