EVART — An atmosphere of anxious anticipation filled the air around the Osceola County 4-H/FFA Fairgrounds Monday morning, as the annual fair kicked off.

The hustling, bustling and scurrying by 4-H’ers and parents alike drew a crowd as the rabbit show got underway.

Meanwhile, other 4-H’ers were busy doing what they do any other day — feeding, watering and caring for their other animals, as the goat, sheep, dairy and beef shows take place later this week.

Inside the sheep barn, Amanda Brown was helping her niece, Keira Elder, work with Aggie, her cousin’s sheep, for Wednesday’s show. While they were working with Aggie, Brown said it’s business as usual for her and Elder.

“We’re busy keeping things clean and checking on the animals,” Brown said. “The fair is good for them to get to experience.”

“I think it’s going good so far,” added Elder, who will show a market lamb and beef steer later this week.

Outside the goat barn, Mackenna Geeseman and Hunter Geeseman were battling to trim one of the sheep.

The Evart siblings, who are members of the 4-H Clovers club, have shown a variety of animals at the fair, including sheep, heifers and steers for more than five years.

“The fair is a time when you learn new skills, meet new people and get closer to your community,” Hunter Geeseman said.

While it is a week of early mornings and late nights, the Geesemans agreed it’s work as usual and both are excited for what lies ahead.

“I like the sale,” Hunter Geeseman said. “It means it is the end of the week.”

“Show day is always fun,” Mackenna Geeseman said. “It’s the excitement of the show that is great.”

For Carla McLachlin, spending a week at the fair and helping get the animals ready is a little nostalgic.

“It brings back all those memories I had here at the fair,” she said. “It’s really a great time, as you get to connect with your community and the fair always brings the community together.”

Tuesday’s events included goat judging, grand trail and Western riding horse shows and the youth and open class beef and dairy beef judging, as well as the pedal pull.

The Osceola County 4-H/FFA Fair continues throughout the week and concludes Saturday.

Farm Bureau Day and Kid’s Day is Wednesday. Farm Bureau’s annual chicken barbecue begins at noon and T.J. Schmidt and Company is offering buy-one, get-one free armbands from 1 to 3 p.m. for the midway. Throughout the day, 4-H’ers will show swine and sheep inside the corral.

Dairy, horse, llama and alpaca judging will run throughout the day on Thursday. The market chicken, rabbit and goat auction begins at 6 p.m., with the buyer’s appreciation dinner set for 5:30 p.m. Along the midway, anyone who delivers a canned good to the fair office will receive $5 off the regular $20 armband. The truck pull begins at 7 p.m.

Friday is themed Date Night. Horse and pony judging will take place in the morning and midway rides open at 1 p.m. Cirque Amongus, a program introducing kids to the fundamentals of circus arts such as juggling, movement and balancing, will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. It is free for all children. The market livestock auction begins at 6 p.m. A buyer’s appreciation dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. The antique tractor pull begins at 7 p.m.

Community Appreciation Day at the fair will be Saturday. There will be themed shows for horses, goats and rabbits. Sweepstakes showmanship will begin at 2 p.m. and the Ag Olympics begin at 6 p.m. There will be two farm stock tractor pulls on Saturday at the grandstand. Four classes will run at 5 p.m. and five classes are slated to begin at 7 p.m.