Animals the focus of pet appreciation day at 4-H Expo

Members of Wapello County 4-H participate in the dog obedience show at the Bridge View Center.

Thursday was all about the animals for pet appreciation day at the Wapello County 4-H Expo.

From 8 a.m. until 2 p.m, 4-H kids participated in the dog obedience show in the large arena. The kids work with animals from the Heartland Humane Society, taking them to obedience classes every week to prepare. It's a win-win exercise, as the dogs learn obedience and the kids gain experience in patience and working with the animals.

"You usually get to train your dog at home and you get to show animals that without 4H, you wouldn't have," said participant Libby Moses.

"You get to meet new friends, like I didn't know her at first, but then I met her with Lily today," added Emily Laumeyr.

Caden Epp is showing his goat Friday morning. KTVO asked him what the best part about being involved in 4-H is.

"That I get to train stuff and have fun with them," he said.

Many participants are involved in several aspects of 4-H, showing a variety of animals and participating in several of the judged events. Katie Larkin participated not only in the obedience exercise, but also the horse and cattle shows as well.

"It keeps me busy and it's my passion and my love," Larkin said. "I love working with animals on the farm and it's really enjoyable for me to do."

Thursday night's events culminate at 7 p.m. with the Municipal Band concert in the theater and the first-ever 4-H 5K in the plaza. Friday is 4-H Alumni Day and the week wraps up on Saturday with another full day of activities.

For a full schedule of events, click here.