Margaret Lewis and Shade. Photography courtesy of Emily Lewis.

The State Fair of Texas just wasn’t the same in 2020. If you can’t wait another six months for crafts, calorie-packed food and fuzzy animals, check out the inaugural Dallas Heritage Village Youth Fair.

Students in the East Dallas 4-H club organized the event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1515 S. Harwood St. It was planned in conjunction with Dallas Heritage Village, a museum that uses it collection of historic buildings, furnishings and exhibits to teach the history of Dallas.

The idea for the fair was hatched prior to the pandemic as a way to garner interest in 4-H and provide students with a place to display their work.

“The pandemic caused the cancellation of many exhibitions in which 4-H usually participates,” said Emily Lewis, club manager and fair organizer. “The fair is a way for 4-H members to compete safely and showcase projects. Dallas Heritage Village is excited to bring new programming and nurture relationships with local organizations, such as 4-H.”

In the spirit of an old fashioned county fair, the event will feature competitions in agricultural mechanics, baked goods, floral design, sewing, canning, leather crafting and holiday decorations. In addition to youth exhibitions, there will be games, demonstrations and contests, such as a baby crawl and rooster crowing competition, throughout the day.

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Ages 5 and under are free.

The East Dallas 4-H club started in 2018 and offers youth programs in shooting sports, food science, robotics, fashion, photography and more.


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