Animals on parade at Westmoreland Fair

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By Marilyn Forbes

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 7:37 p.m.

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Some had four legs. Some had two. Some had tails. Others had feathers. All were someone’s pet as the annual pet care show took place at the Westmoreland Fair.

“This is the best year that we have ever had,� pet care superintendent Sherry Wright of Greensburg said of the event. “We had a good year.�

The event enables 4-H members who usually show indoor exhibits or were part of activity clubs to show an animal at the fair.

“These kids don’t usually have other animals here at the fair that they show,â€� Wright said. “This gives them the chance to show an animal if they like.â€�

The youths were required to do a project book, which explains how they take care of their pet. Then they have the option to make a poster or to create a toy.

“We had two this year who made toys for their pets,� Wright said. “One made a rattle and one made a rope out of fiber.�

Superintendent Bev Gettemy judged the books and said she was impressed with the overall submissions from the youths.

“The Cloverbuds did an exceptional job on their books,� Gettemy said. “I saw a lot of hard work go into the books this year.�

The show is now open to Cloverbuds, 4-H members under the age of 8.

“We are seeing a lot of Cloverbuds this year,â€� Wright said. “It’s so nice to see them wanting to get involved in this.â€�

The youths are judged on their knowledge of the pet or breed, how they take care of it and what they do on a regular basis as far as interaction and playtime.

In addition to the question-and-answer period, the contestants are given the opportunity to walk around the indoor arena and “show� their pets to the audience.

New this year was a cat care and grooming segment. Many members brought in their kittens and cats, telling the judges how they tend to their feline friends.

“I brush her and play with her and make sure that her litter is changed on a regular basis,â€� Jewel Brown, 15, of Tarrs said of her cat Romeo. “She’s a lot of fun and I make sure that she gets her exercise because she likes to run around.â€�

Morgan Steindl, 9, of Dawson brought her kitten Oscar to the event.

“I named him Oscar because we found him in a garbage can when he was only 2 weeks old,� Steindl said.

Other animals brought to the competition included rats, goats, dogs, rabbits and chickens.

“They love their chickens, they really do,� Aimee Love of Scottdale said of her children Nicholas Love, 5, and Olivia Love,7, who both brought their chickens to show.

“I just pet her and hold her and kiss her,� Olivia Love said of her pet Laylee. “I just love her.�

Ribbons were awarded for each category of dog, cat and “other.�

The fair continues through Saturday at the fairgrounds on Mt. Pleasant Road in Mt. Pleasant Township.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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