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Young Farmers at the Lycoming County Fair

HUGHESVILLE— Some future farmers in Lycoming County showed off what their families’ farms have to offer at this year’s Lycoming County Fair.

They were throwing bales of hay. It was a race to the finish line for these kids who have come to compete at the Lycoming County fair in Hughesville.

The fairgrounds were quiet midday, but dreary skies didn’t stop dozens of young competitors from coming out for the Lycoming County Fair’s School Days.

“We did it when we were kids and back then it was strictly for Future Farmers of America at that point,” said Clay Koser, a former FFA member.

Koser helped run the races. He said the games used to be a way for kids who worked on farms all over Lycoming County to show off their strength.

“We expanded it a little bit. We’ve got more kids, more games,” said Koser.

Farmers who were at the fair said it’s a way to get more kids involved in learning about farming.

“We do need the farms. We do need the kids to learn about the farming. We need them to understand what farming is all about,” said Melissa Thomas from Hughesville.

A portion of the fair was dedicated to showing off all the hard work farmers have done in Lycoming County all year long. For many people it meant showing off the best of their herd.

“It’s really gratifying to see all your hard work pay off,” said Traci McCarty from Hughesville.

McCarty works on her family’s dairy farm in Hughesville. She said she likes the fair because she gets to show off her cows and show people what she’s been doing all year.

“It’s kind of a neat thing in the summer. Time for kids that are doing the same things that are on farms or maybe live near farms to participate in activities on that farm,” McCarty said.

The Lycoming County Fair runs through Saturday at the fairgrounds off Route 405 in Hughesville.

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