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Young people gear up for Washington County Fair

4-H isn't just about showing cattle.

Later this month 50 Tualatin young people will exhibit diverse talents ranging from photography to horticulture to electrical engineering and beyond at the Washington County Fair.

Kati Neville, the Treasurer of the Hearth for Washington County's 4-H clubs, is the leader of three clubs. She said her groups eagerly await their chances to shine at the fair.

'4-H is very diverse. Most people think it's just about animals, but it's not,' Neville said. 'Washington County is one of the largest agricultural centers in Oregon, but we also have Intel, Nike and other Fortune 500 companies that need technology.'

The Washington County Fair will exhibit the ribbon winners' projects in the main exhibit hall at the Fairgrounds from July 28 to July 31.

Neville helms the Journey Girls Club, which consists of seven girls who have spent the last three years studying international cooking, and the Zap Club, in which the fourth-grade members have studied electricity and mechanical engineering - culminating in building mechanized robots.

The members of Journey Girls and Zap compete in the fields of expressive arts and science engineering and technology, respectively.

Judges in these categories are experts in their fields and present the winners of each category with a blue ribbon. There are four age groups and some categories have hundreds of entries.

The 4-H clubs are designed to target youth development through competence, confidence, connection, compassion and character - all attributes that Neville tries to instill in her club members.

'The kids' talents are really amazing,' she said. 'And they are encouraged to share in what they're learning in 4-H.'

In addition to the winning projects being displayed in the main exhibit hall, some of the young people will give presentations on their projects during the week of the fair, which will be open to the public.

The Washington County Fair runs from July 28 through July 31 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. The fair complex is located at 873 N.E. 34th Ave., in Hillsboro.

For more information, visit faircomplex.com/fair or call 503-648-1416.