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      Ottumwa 4H Expo kicks off

      The 2012 Ottumwa 4H Expo kicked off Monday night and runs through the entire week.

      The Royalty Pageant and Awards Ceremony took place Monday at the Bridge View Center, and Tuesday morning, Greater Ottumwa park was filled with horses for the all-day horse show. Participants could take halter and riding classes, as well as compete.

      "Typically, the bulk of it's divided by juniors and seniors, but we also have some classes where there's intermediate, just to make competition a little more fair," said Laci Morrissey, Chair of the 4H Horse Committee. "We even have some classes for first year riders, so if you're in 12th grade, but it's your first time, you can start in a first year class. They learn basic movements they do at pretty much every class. We have some classes... where they do an actual pattern and we give them the pattern ahead of time to kind of practice."

      Morrissey said that many who want to participate in the horse show do not because they don't own a horse, however, horse owners in the area lease their horses for the Expo so more youths can participate. The show ran from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, and it was just the start.

      Thursday is Kid's Day with a dog show from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., a quilt show, crafts, train rides, face painting and more.

      Friday is Fun, Friends and Learning Day, with a goat show at 8 a.m., Wood Working Workshops at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., drum line performances at 2 and 7 p.m. and a Tractor Pull at Greater Ottumwa Park.

      Saturday is Get to Know Our Community Day and events include a cattle show at 9 a.m., Vintage Cruisers Car Show and Pet and Cat show at 9 a.m., Science Center of Iowa from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., an international style show at 6:30 p.m. and a movie presentation at 7 p.m.