For kids and families at the Webster County Fair, a scavenger hunt Thursday allowed them to not only look for clues, but also gain knowledge about the fair and all that goes into it.
Throughout the afternoon, kids participating in the 4-H Fairgrounds Scavenger Hunt ran around looking for answers to 13 questions that asked about specific animal breeds, prices of food items and the theme for the 4-H club entries.
Zachary Popp, 11, and his brother, Ryan Popp, 10, both of Clare, completed the scavenger hunt in just five minutes.
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Tricia Croft, of Farnhamville, left, and her granddaughter, Paige Burger, of Fort Dodge, compare notes as they try to locate a display of hand-built model rockets.
"We walked all over the fairgrounds before we started," Zachary Popp said. "So we knew where everything was."
The scavenger hunt allowed the brothers to explore the entire venue, which Zachary Popp said included the animal barns and the train.
Though they completed the hunt in five minutes, Popp said a couple items gave him and his brother difficulty.
Today at the fair
All Day: Farmer Bob, 1929 JD tractor
6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Nettie's, main auditorium
8 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Auditorium open
8:45 a.m.: Pee wee bucket bottle calf show, livestock arena
9 a.m.: 4-H/FFA Beef Show, livestock arena
9 to 11 a.m.: 4-H horticulture judging, east auditorium
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Larry Clement car, freewill donation
1 p.m.: Senior citizens tours
2 p.m.: Livestock judging contest, livestock arena
2 to 10 p.m.: Kids entertainment
3:30 p.m.: Barnyard olympics, livestock arena
4 to 7 p.m.: Fire House
5:30 p.m.: Pony Pull, livestock arena
6 p.m.: Cat show, east auditorium
7 p.m.: Elvis tribute singer Eddie Simpson and Motown Doo-Wop Oldies specialist Maurice Jules Experience, Jimmy Van Scoy & Jack Yates Band by Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor Club
7 p.m.: Trailer race/demo Derby, grandstand
7 to 9 p.m.: Open class photography registration
"We had trouble with the fowls and how many of them were in the barn," he said, adding he didn't know fowls included all types of birds.
Popp added they had trouble finding a blue hog, which, it turned out, was not literally a blue hog, but a sign with a blue hog on it.
Despite the challenges, the brothers said they were going to do it again.
"It'd be really fun to go again," Zachary Popp said.
His brother agreed.
"We encourage other people to go," Ryan Popp said.
Another family participating in the event was Tricia Croft, of Farnhamville, and her granddaughter, Paige Burger, 14, of Fort Dodge.
"It was fun because we learned along the way," Croft said. "It helps you see the fair in much more detail."
While Croft said she found the scavenger hunt to be fun, her favorite part was spending time with her granddaughter.
"It's a perfect day to be at the fair," she said. "The weather is perfect."
Fort Dodge native Brooke Vangilder, of Omaha, Neb., took part in the scavenger hunt with her daughter, Madison, 7. Brooke Vangilder was the Webster County Fair Queen in 1995.
"It's great to bring my girls out here," she said.
As for the scavenger hunt itself, Vangilder wasn't concerned about having trouble.
"We might just have a leg up," she said, referencing her experience as fair queen.
The scavenger hunt was created by Debbie Krug, a volunteer with the Webster County Fair.
"I do it at home for my grandkids," Krug said. "A friend of mine on the fair board found out about it and asked me if I'd be willing to do a scavenger hunt here and I told her I would."
She said the hunt, which is geared toward children, allows them to explore the fairgrounds.
"It's a good chance to get the kids out into all the buildings," she said. "That's the idea, to get the kids out and about."
Krug added that she was receiving positive feedback from the kids.
"It's going over pretty good," she said. "They're having fun with it."
The Webster County Fair continues today.