CANFIELD Fair 4-H king follows in siblings' footsteps
His sister and brothers are former 4-H royalty.
By IAN HILL
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
CANFIELD -- Adam Day has posed for pictures next to almost every type of animal at the fair during the last few days.
"Sheep, chickens, rabbits, steer, pigs, dairy feeders, calves, turkeys ...," Day said, when asked about his schedule.
Day, however, said he doesn't mind being asked to pose with the animals. He expected it when he was named fair 4-H king Thursday.
"I'll make time for it," he said. "I may be tired, but I'm going to give it my all."
Day, 17, of Berlin Center, said he typically arrives at the fairgrounds about 5:30 each morning and stays until 11:30 p.m. Much of his time is spent attending the fair, judging shows on behalf of the 4-H and junior fair.
He also was named outstanding youth for 2002 Thursday at the fair.
As 4-H king, Day has been asked to pose with the winners of most of the livestock judging shows. On Sunday afternoon, Day handed out the ribbons at the dress-a-cow contest in the new cattle arena. He was dressed in a suit even though the temperature was in the mid-80s.
Day said he feels part of his responsibility is to put forth a good image for young children.
"I try to always be happy," he said.
Day, a senior at Western Reserve High School, first became involved with 4-H when he was 9. He comes from a royal family, as his two older brothers have each been named 4-H king. His older sister also was a member of a 4-H royal court, and his parents are 4-H advisers.
"I knew I was going to stick with it for the long term," he said.
Day has been on royal court for the last three years. He's been involved in several 4-H projects and has represented Mahoning County at the state fair in demonstration speaking, bicycles, welding, woodworking, rockets, and health-related projects.
Day described being named 4-H king as "a great honor."
"I worked hard for it," he said.