Kimball-Banner County Fair gives kids chance to showcase talents

4-H and FFA members are showing off their work this week in Kimball.

"Thus far it's gone really well," Banner and Kimball County 4-H Educator Nathan Rice said. "We haven't had any hiccups yet."

The Kimball-Banner County Fair is underway. Wednesday was reserved for the horse show. Recent Potter-Dix graduate Brandon Mendoza is competing in his last fair. It’s a mixed bag of emotions for him.

"It's pretty fun, but it's kind of sad," Mendoza said. "I won't be able to show with my friends and my siblings, but I'm going to get the best out of it."

Wednesday, Mendoza took home grand champion honors in Halter Mare.

"I really like horses so it's pretty exciting for me just to show people what I've done with my horse and show people that showing horses is pretty fun," he said.

Fair events began ramping up Tuesday with Fashion and Clothing judging and the entering of 4-h and FFA static exhibits. It wraps up Monday with the livestock auction.

Rice says it's rewarding to help kids display their efforts.

"That's why I do my job," Rice said. "We come here and we can see all these projects they've worked on for so long. When the kids get excited and happy when they do well, that's what keeps me going, even in the long hours."