Participants in the upcoming Cooke County Youth Fair are en route to getting a little financial help, thanks to organizations designed to support their efforts.
Organizers of the Era Youth Supporters will present a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the lunchroom of the Era Independent School District campus on Hornet Drive in Era.
The menu will include fried fish, trimmings and homemade desserts plus silent and live auctions that begin at 7 p.m.
Auction items are set to include jewelry, gift certificates, feed, wood projects, special dessert baskets and more.
The youth fair is set for Feb. 25 through March 1.
As with Thursday’s Register story about the Lindsay Youth Supporters, the Era youth will benefit from proceeds by receiving financial assistance while raising the animals they intend to show — or will receive compensation after the fair, and can use this money to invest in related future projects.
Beneficiaries are youth in 4-H or Future Farmers of America (FFA), though non-members may also participate in the upcoming fair. Following Saturday’s meal, some may receive amounts between $50 and $400.
Organizer Alethea Kindiger said the 2012 meal raised more than $12,000 toward this cause.
Not a cent of it went wasted, she said.
“I just want to be able to help challenge some of the kids, and help them out financially,” she said. “I hope they keep coming out and working with animals and being a part of something, and that they grow from their experiences.”
Meal tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children; and children ages 3 and younger eat free.
For more information, call Mike Knabe at (940) 634-9926, Denise Pearse at (940) 634-2968 or Alethea Kindiger at (940) 768-9970.