On Saturday night, Mark Wenning and the Junior Leaders club hosted a dance for everyone to come out and enjoy and start the Henry county fair off on a good note.
Junior Leaders is a 4-H club for seventh to twelfth graders that allows the children to get involved with community service events and receive scholarships. The club is purely for 4-H participants and this year there are around 30 kids in the club.
"There are different youth clubs through out Henry county and junior leaders encompasses everyone who wants to join that's a little bit older and would like to become involved with community service. In February, we'll go out and play bingo with people in nursing homes," Wenning said.
According to Wenning, the idea was to do something to really kick off the fair with everything that was going on that had gone on in the previous week.
"There was a lot going on in the Smith building with the fashion review. We really wanted to host something fun for the kids to have some fun," Wenning said.
Before the dance began, Wenning was really hoping for a good turn out.
"The 4-H association was in responsible for arranging the schedule with the dance, along with the extension leaders. I was named extension by default because I knew someone with the equipment," Wenning said laughing.
Shelia Martin from New Castle laughed as her children danced around to the songs with their friends.
"The 4-H association sent out a schedule and that's how they [her children] found out about the dance. I think all the kids were pretty excited about the dance because it's a good social opportunity to get them all out and having fun," Martin said.
Martin's 11 year-old daughter Faith will be showing pigs, cattle and sheep at this year's fair.
14 year-old Jessie Lanzer of Losantville and her friend Nakayla Witham, 13, of New Castle said that they were so excited when they originally heard about the dance.
Lanzer had been working with the fashion show all week long and said that when her and Witham found out about the dance, they asked if they could stay at the fair grounds later.
"We love to have fun and we were already here so I could support her [Lanzer] in the fashion show, so we figured we would just stay. It was a really fun night," Witham said.
As the night went on, there were multiple circles formed around groups of children as they had dance battles with their peers. The children laughed and danced along with the songs that they all knew, and caught up with friends and talked during the songs that they didn't.