OSCEOLA COUNTY — Marion is like ancient history.

Mecosta is already one for the books.

Now, area 4-H club members, leaders, and organizers are getting ready for the Osceola 4-H FFA Fair.

The fair in Evart is the last such ‘happening’ in this immediate area. Planners say everything is on track for a great fair. The only question mark, (as every year), is the weather.

“We’re really busy getting everything buttoned down for the Osceola fair in Evart,” reported Osceola 4-H youth program coordinator Jacob Steig.

“At this stage, we only are waiting confirmation from a couple judges and we will be ready to go.”

The Osceola fair begins on July 29 and runs through Aug. 4.

Steig anticipates a slight increase in youth participation at the fair this year - something organizers believe is a good sign for 4-H throughout the Osceola community.

“Participation in livestock classes alone should be up,” he said. “We are certainly up in the number of kids planning on showing in the swine arena.

“Goat raising projects have increased by some 11 young people. We seem to be a little down in the lamb barn.

“Generally speaking, we are up in numbers.”

Steig believes that at this stage it would appear that participation in still exhibit displays will also increase this year.

“Still, we always need to wait until Opening Day at the fair until we can really generate accurate numbers,” he pointed out.

There will be some changes at the Osceola fair this year.

Midway rides will be offered by Maple Leaf Amusements from 1 p.m. Tuesday through the end of the week. The rides WILL NOT be located where they have been in the past, but rather the fun will be set up on what was the old practice football field - just west of the high school football and track sport complex.

This will allow more efficient use of the developed camping sites which had previously been neutralized by the midway activities.

The annual Farm Bureau chicken barbecue is set to go as usual from noon on Wednesday, July 31.

Throughout the rest of the week, there is a busy schedule of horse and tractor pulling in front of the grandstands, midway fun, and 4-H activity culminating in the ever popular Ag Olympics at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4

“We are looking forward to a busy week,” noted Steig. “I just hope the weather treats us well.”