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On the afternoon of Wednesday, July 13 Gallatin County 4-H held the annual Small Animal Show.  The small animal show allows youth to exhibit any non-livestock live animal project they may have taken.  Classes vary according to species shown.  Dog Care and Cat Care were the most popular classes this year.


Pet care classes evaluate 4-H members on how well they know and understand proper care of their animal.  The judge may ask the 4-Her care related questions such as the age, type and breed of animal, diet, exercise requirements, and what the standard veterinary care for the animal is.  The animal is judged based upon cleanliness, appearance of overall health and care, as well as being friendly.  Any species may be shown!  Cats, dogs, rabbits, hermit crabs and hamsters have all been shown in Pet Care!  This year the Dog Care County Champions were Tiffany Hawkins and her puppy Zelda.  Cat Care County Champions were Fallon Scates and her cat Athena.

Photo l-r: Makenna Rife holding Maisy, Tiffany Hawkins & Zelda, Fallon Scates & Clementine, Sydney Bickett & Duke, Savannah Bickett holding Tommy with Ted in a down stay, Colt Scates & Luna, and Small Animal Show judge Maggie Downen. 



All poultry species are shown at this time as well.  This includes ducks, geese, chickens, guineas and more!  Youth that don’t choose to show their rabbit in the Pet Care show may choose to exhibit in the Rabbit class.  Rabbits are judged according to breed standards in categories according to gender and age. Livestock animals such as cattle, goats, swine and horses have a separate exhibition opportunity.


Youth who are interested in animals are encouraged to take an Animal Science or Veterinary Science project.  They do not need to own an animal to participate.  Many youth choose to exhibit a poster about their chosen animal at the General Show.  The goal of 4-H is to allow youth to learn in a hands on manner.

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We appreciate the support of our community.  The Gallatin County Fair Board was kind enough to allow us to hold our live animal show at the fairgrounds.  Our volunteer judge was Maggie Downen.  The Animal Show is always a lot of fun and full of smiles.  This year was a great as ever!

For more information on 4-H activities, programs, and membership please contact Kassy Scates at 618-272-3022 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Gallatin County Extension Office is located in the Gallatin County Farm Bureau Building.  Hours are Monday through Wednesday 8 am to 4 pm.  University of Illinois Extension is committed to a policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, religious creed, ancestry or national origin, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, physical or mental disability. If you need a reasonable accommodation or special dietary or disability accommodations to participate in any of our programs, please contact your local University of Illinois Extension Office.

Upcoming Events

8/12 First Day of School

8/23 School Open House

9/1 New 4-H Year Begins

Rides Mass Transit Holding Listening Session

The Rides Mass Transit District that provides transportation to Gallatin County is holding a listening session on August 16, 2016 at the Shawneetown Public LIbrary.  Below is the flyer with all the information

New Hope Church Hosting to Back To School

New Hope General Baptist Church East of Ridgway is hosting its 5th Annual Back to School Nights

This year it will run from August 2nd thru August 9th  5-7 PM each night.

Please note below on how to attend

Ridgway Gets Little Free Library

Friday, July 8, 2016

Ridgway gets first Library.   Dave and Katie Disney residents of Ridgway have blessed the community with a library house (Barn or 1 room school).  At 1 PM todays date, Mr. Dave Disney gave a speech of what this was about and the unveiling began.

According to Disney, "These type of free library houses are found all over the world."  The structure was hand made by Disney piece at a time.  The detail is magnificent.  The structure is mostly Red Cedar with over 1600 cedar shakes for the roof that Disney cut individually.  It is water proof and sets at the corner of Main and Murphy on the property of the Egyptian Health Dept.  

The library holds approx 50 books with the end facing Main that looks like a one room School houses children books, and the end facing Murphy looks like a barn holds adult books.   There will be library stewards here in town to look after the library to make sure it is stocked.

As Mr. Disney said, it is all Free, you just go to the library and see what books are available.  Choose one to take and read and either keep or bring back.  You can also put books inside for others to read.

What a great new asset to Ridgway, Thank You Dave and Katie Disney.

About 25 people showed up for the unveilng which was done by Katie Disney and Mayor Becky Mitchell.


Village Boutique Grand Re Opening Saturday

The Village Boutique in Ridgway will be having a Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at their old location o Main St. in Ridgway.   Lifelong resident Doris Hish and her daughters, Renee, Lisa and Amy invite everyone to stop by and see there new store.   
The Village of Ridgway and surrounding area is very lucky to have such a great and unique store for children.   Doris started the store about 40 years ago and it has turned into the place to shop for children clothing.  The old store needed some major repair, so the Hish family decided to build new and it is very nice.  Mark your calendar and come out to support the Village Boutique.