BAZETTA - Young Ian Bauer hopped on the small stage, clinging to his sorcerer Mickey Mouse stuffed animal, and stood for a second, timidly. His mother at the back of the tent gave her son a prompt: ''Why do you like him?''
''Because he is my friend,'' said Bauer of the toy from the Disney animated movie ''Fantasia.''
That's really all Bauer had and needed to say to show his devotion to his best buddy, worn by attention, at the Junior Fair Cloverbud Show and Tell, an event for children involved in 4-H, but who are just a little too young to do individual projects.
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Khilan Cottrell, 16, of Kinsman, uses electric shears to trim the hair of a Brown Swiss dairy cow on Wednesday.
Other subjects covered by the young buds included the life cycles frogs and plants, the differences among eggs and egg yolks - from those bought in the grocery store to the blue and green eggs laid by Ameraucana chickens to the brown and speckled eggs laid by the Golden Comet chicken - to horses and the edible parts of plants.
Kiersten Heckel, the 4-H extension educator at The Ohio State University Extension-Trumbull County, said the projects for the Cloverbuds at the fair let the little ones participate in an activity. They often see their older siblings participating in 4-H activities, and the show and tell ''makes them feel included, too,'' she said.
Because of their age, they are not allowed to do individual projects or show animals. Cloverbud activities are age-appropriate, activity-based and done in groups, like Tuesday's show and tell and game of cornhole afterward.
"Marvelous Mutts" featuring dogs showing agility and more perform two to three shows daily near Grandstand
R&S Woodcarving Chain Saw Woodcarver Exhibition and Sales near Grandstand
9 a.m. - Junior Fair Cat Show / Junior Fair Poultry Market Show / Junior Fair Reptile Show / Junior Fair Western Pleasure Horse Show in Sawyer Ring
9:30 a.m. - Junior Fair Diary Show / Junior Fair Pocket Pets Show
10 a.m. - Junior Fair Cavy Show
1 p.m. - Small Animal Dress-up in Sheep Barn; Trumbull Retired Teacher's Association Spelling Bee at Historical Stage Area. Registration deadline is 12:45 p.m.
1 to 5 p.m. - Rides open
2:30 p.m. - Junior Fair Beef Showmanship
3 p.m. - Open-Class Beef Cattle Show
5 p.m. - Junior Fair: Buckeye Pedal Tractor Pull Registration. Pull begins at 6 p.m. in S.A.L.E. Barn
5 to 6:30 p.m. - Joe Lexso One Man Band on Bicentennial Stage
6 p.m. - Junior Fair Market Beef Show
6 p.m. - Auto Races: B.R.P. Modifies & Pure Stock Auto Racing in Grandstand. Hot Laps start at 5:30 p.m.
6 to 8 p.m. - Little King and Queen Trumbull County Fair Pageant on Historical Stage
7 to 9 p.m. - Take II on Bicentennial Stage
6 to 11 p.m. - Rides open
Cloverbud is for youth age 5 and in kindergarten through 8 and in the third grade.
''We just want to make sure they feel included here,'' Heckel said. ''It's all about positive youth development.''