Just in time for the summer fair season, the Washington County Fair Education Fund has been given fencing panels worth $26,000 from the Coastal Farm & Ranch store in Cornelius.

The panels were delivered July 19, and FFA and 4-H youth used the panels to set up a new barn on Monday afternoon.

Coastal Farm & Ranch owner Buzz Wheeler said he was happy to be able to help out.

“The Washington County 4-H and FFA kids have already worked really hard getting their animals ready to show,” Wheeler said. “As part of our 50th anniversary, we decided to donate $26,000 of panels so the kids don’t have to worry about lack of space and can instead focus on their animals and showmanship.”

“Our local youth FFA and 4-H programs have been among the fastest growing in the Pacific Northwest,” said Leah Perkins-Hagele, executive director of the Washington County Fair. “We’ve run out of barn and pen space for our sheep and goat programs, and didn’t know what we’d do at this year’s fair until Coastal Farm & Ranch agreed to help.”

Additional donations are still needed for educational projects at the fair, and individuals or companies wishing to support the education fund can contact the fair or 4-H program.

“The kids in 4-H and FFA are America’s future farmers and ranchers,” said Pat Willis, 4-H youth development coordinator. “We are very grateful to Coastal and anybody else who can help support our mission.”

This year’s Washington County Fair in Hillsboro began Thursday, July 25.

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