The Fair is an annual end-of-summer tradition, dating back to 1903. Farm families brought crops, livestock, quilts, jams, preserves, garden produce, and baked goods--among other hand-made or hand-raised items--to the fair to "compete" for a coveted Best of Show ribbon:
Will County 4-Hers participating in livestock projects exhibit their livestock during the Will County Fair. 4-H is part of the University of Illinois Extension. Will County 4-Hers involved in livestock production keep records of all expenses involved with raising their livestock, learn disease-control methods, and how to raise livestock for market.
Will County 4-Hers then have the opportunity to sell their livestock at the Will County 4-H Auction:
Local businesses and politicians buy the animals, often far above market price.
Kay Hoffman of Land 'n Lots Realty was honored this year during the 14th annual Will County 4-H Livestock Auction for her participation as a buyer and leading in the number of animals purchased from young 4-Hers.
Others honored included the Will County Farm Bureau , Crawford Grain International , First Bank of Manhattan , Peotone Bank & Trust , Will County Democrats , New-Ag Center , Andres & Wilton Farmers Grain Co., the Will County Fair Association , Carthage/Green-Garden Mutual Insurance , and Stewart Trucking .