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Children take part in Ag Olympics at 4-H Fair


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Children and volunteers took some time off from showing their animals Thursday to play some games at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds.

The event known as the Ag Olympics was one of many activities at the Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair this week.

The games kicked off at about 1 p.m. with six volunteers, including interns from nearby extension offices, setting up activities and playing with them.

Justin Armstrong, a cooperative social service intern who was in charge of the event, said the Ag Olympics provides children with chances to play before Thursday night’s awards program.

“Ag Olympics is just a time to come up to the fair and just have a fun time,” Armstrong said.

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Activities included a slip ‘n’ slide, a balloon pop, where children break up into teams and pop balloons with plastic baseball bats, a series of other water-related games and a baseball game.

Tatum Johnson,13, was part of a small group of teenagers spraying and pouring water on each other, while others played baseball. Johnson, who took part in this week’s pig and poultry shows, said she thought it was good the children got a chance to play after a week of taking part in the livestock shows.

“It is a good experience for all the kids and will make them want to come back and show next year,” Johnson said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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