4-H web site next best thing to attending SD State Fair

4-H web site next best thing to attending SD State Fair Four-H members and parents who can't be at the South Dakota State Fair can check out the new web site of the South Dakota 4-H Program � giving them the next best thing to being there.

Kathy Reeves, Extension 4-H youth specialist stationed at Rapid City, has established a web site from the South Dakota State Fair, complete with pictures and interviews from the fairgrounds. She will update it twice daily.

The South Dakota 4-H home page, for those with a computer and Internet access, is http://www.abs.sdstate.edu/4-H. Click on the "State Fair" icon to see the latest from the fair.

Armed with a digital camera, a computer and Internet access on the fairgrounds, Reeves will cover 4-H activities, then upload digital files from the fairgrounds to a server on the campus of South Dakota State University. There, she will share, through cyberspace, photos of checking-in and weighing-in sheep and hogs, judges evaluating exhibits, a rabbit and chicken in their cages and a project of the day.

One feature of the web site is a page called "cyberfair." Here, Reeves posts photos of judging contests. Youngsters at home can access the photos, place the classes and submit their own rankings of the classes. They will then earn a "cyber ribbon" to show how well they did at judging.

The 4-H fair web page is mainly aimed at 4-H members and parents who are at home during fair week, according to Reeves. However, plans are to post ribbon placings from the fair on the web as they become available. Both youth who have projects at the fair can utilize the site to see how well they did, and news media can download ribbon results.

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