Animal auctions scheduled for Thursday, Friday

EVART — Ribbons and trophies are flying into the hands of 4-H'ers of all ages, but there are still many events at the Osceola County 4-H FFA Fair through Saturday offering additional fun.

The week began with inclement weather during weigh-ins on Sunday and temperatures continued to be lower than average for the first two days. Still, spirits are high.

"We've been very happy with the fair so far," said Osceola County 4-H Coordinator Jake Stieg. "Our numbers are up everywhere and we're almost full to capacity. Currently we're seeing a growing trend of increased youth in the 6 to 14 age range."

Monday kicked off with rabbit, poultry and water fowl judging, as well as market swine photos and a kids pedal pull. A garden tractor pull provided evening entertainment. Tuesday featured goat judging, western riding and youth and open class beef and dairy beef judging.

The fair continues today, Wednesday, with swine judging at 9 a.m., a noon chicken barbecue sponsored by Farm Bureau, sheep judging at 3 p.m. and a truck pull at 7 p.m.

"The events that have taken place are building excitement for each show," Stieg said. "The kids are smiling and having fun, which is bringing energy to the fair."

On Thursday, attendees can watch dairy and horse judging at 9 a.m., llama and Alpaca judging at 3 p.m. and the small animal auction at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the grandstand will host the heavyweight horse pull.

Friday will feature horse and pony judging at 8 a.m., an antique tractor pull at 6 p.m., and the market livestock auction at 6:30 p.m.

The final day of the fair, Saturday, will host a fun horse show at 9 a.m., an animal costume contest at 1 p.m., the sweepstake showmanship competition at 2 p.m. and the Ag Olympics at 6 p.m. Farm stock tractor pulls will take place at 4 and 7 p.m. at the grandstand.

The midway rides and games also will be available for children and adults throughout each day.