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Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News 4-H member Lexie Brock proudly displays her state and local winnings with Bell County Extension Agent Brandy Calvert.

While many kids spend their summers splashing around in the pool — Bell County 4-H member Lexie Brock has a different idea of fun.

Brock’s summer is heating up as the due date for 4-H projects quickly approaches. She is busy cataloguing leaves, decorating cakes, building projects with wood, taking care of her chickens and goats, salting country hams and mixing up baked goods.

“My favorite thing about 4-H is the family aspect — and it doesn’t matter what club we’re in, we’re just one big family. We work together and learn things together,” said Brock.

Brock is proud of the countless ribbons she has won over the years and the things she has learned from the organization including the lessons she will carry with her as she grows up.

“I’ve learned from 4-H that you really have to put your heart into something if you want to do great things. You have to keep trying things over and over, sometimes a few times, to get stuff right,” said Brock.

Brock has learned these important things over her eight years as a 4-H member. She looks forward to the fair every year — where she and hundreds of other Bell County 4-H kids can show off their hard work.

“This is a great chance for our kids to show what they’ve been working on. We look forward to the fair every year and it’s a really exiting time,” said Bell County Extension Agent Brandy Calvert.

The Bell County Fair is set for Aug. 5-8 at the Bell County Fair Grounds in Fourmile. Attractions include a rodeo, car show, 5K run, truck and tractor pull and a concert by country musical artist Sammy Kershaw.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

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