County fair begins July 29
EVART — It’s time to break out the cowboy boots and groom the large and small animals in preparation for the Osceola County 4H-FFA Fair. This year’s event takes place from July 29 through Aug. 3, with a number of events and happenings for the entire family.
Animals, crafts, baked goods, produce, flowers, photography and more by members of 4-H will take center stage in the show ring and surrounding buildings.
“We cater to our 4-H kids,” said Osceola County 4H-FFA Fair President Rick Sherman. “Our kids are super great kids. They really know how to take care of the animals.”
He said the fairgrounds are growing, with an addition to the pig barn, a new horse show arena and 25 new camp sites for families to enjoy.
Monday through Saturday is open for viewing 4-H entries and features a different event for judging, auctions and showcases. Livestock judging will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, and Tuesday will feature youth and open class goat judging at 9 a.m. and youth and open class beef and dairy beef judging at 3 p.m. Youth and open class swine judging will take place at 9 a.m. and sheep judging for the youth is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday and horse judging will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday. Youth and open class horse and pony judging is at 8 a.m. on Friday.
The Sweepstake Showmanship competition is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Auctions will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, with market chicken, rabbit and goat auction. The large animal auction will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
New this year, members of Osceola League for Arts and Humanities (OLAH) will be taking their studio to the fair’s old exhibit building. OLAH member Karen Keenan said the building will feature demonstrations of crafts including lapidaries, wool spinning, oil painting and wire wrapping that will vary throughout the week. Members will be selling their creations and a small sitting area will be available for people to relax and enjoy a number of homemade baked goods.
In addition, Keenan said she has 11 photography prints from famous photographer Ranjna Ramchandani that have been authenticated to place in a silent auction. The prints will be available for bidding from July 29 through 3 p.m. on Aug. 3. Winners of the prints will be announced after that time. Money raised from the auction will benefit the Traverse Area Multiple Sclerosis Society.
“It is phenomenal to be at the fair. We’re really excited,” Keenan said. “We’re really trying to spread the work about OLAH and what we’re doing.”
Saturday is Community Appreciation Day, with a fun horse show and costume classes for rabbits, horses and livestock at 1 p.m. The Ag Olympics is another event not to miss, with children competing in a number of fun games at 6 p.m.
Grandstand shows include a heavyweight horse pull, a garden tractor pull, a truck pull, an antique tractor pull and two farm stock tractor pulls. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 12 years old and younger.
Rides and games provided by Maple Leaf Amusements out of Breckenridge will be available all week, with $1 rides on Tuesday, $6 off an armband on Wednesday and two armbands for $25 on Friday.
Sherman said he gives credit to an incredible fair staff who has helped make the event run smoothly.
For a complete schedule or for more information, visit www.osceolacountyfairgrounds.com or call the Osceola County Fairgrounds at (231) 734-5481.