While events for the 2019 Washington County Fair get into full swing Friday, area youth kicked the competitions off early as they participated in the annual 4-H Contest Day on Saturday at the fairgrounds in Arlington.

Saturday was also the first day of the 4-H horse show.

The 4-H Contest Day included fashion, food and nutrition, communications, archery, BB bun and family and consumer sciences categories. New to contest day this year was Life Challenge, a Family and Consumer Sciences contest.

“Participating in the annual contest day provides youth with diverse learning experiences which can be used for personal and professional growth," said Emily Bormann, Washington County Extension assistant, 4-H youth development.

Saturday's horse show competitions were working ranch horse, break-a-way, dally team roping and cattle sorting, which was new to this year's fair. The horse show will continue Saturday and Sunday.

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