Fair days ahead

EVART — Fair Week is here.

The 2011 Osceola 4-H FFA Fair is happening.

For hundreds of 4-H kids and club leaders; for midway ride thrill seekers; and for folks simply looking for an evening or two of fun in the Great American tradition of county fairs, the Osceola 4-H FFA Fair is the place to be.

There’s always an exciting time to be had by participants and visitors as well. And there’s always something more to come.

This year, the fair runs from Sunday, July 24, through Saturday, July 30.

On Sunday, the fair action began with hundreds of Osceola County 4-H kids moving their animals and still-projects onto the fairgrounds for a frantic week of judging and competitions.

In arenas, barns, show rings and exhibition halls, there was and continues to be a flurry of activity as animals large and small are primped, primed, pampered and postured into prize winning poses.

There has already been a lot going on, and there’s a lot more to come.

Organizers hope folks will visit the fairgrounds and see the results of a lot of hard work and dedication by 4H’ers and their clubs.

There’ll be tractor pulls, horse pulls, the Challenge Rodeo, auctions for large and small animals (a real show in itself), musical offerings and a lot more.

Still coming up:

Today is Farm Bureau Day, and things will get a bit noisy and hectic in the arena as swine growers and their projects are judged. Serving begins at noon.

Lunch should be a no-brainer as the Farm Bureau presents its annual chicken barbecue — a long standing tradition with fair goers.

The midways will once again be opened for business at 1 p.m. and sheep judging will take place in the arena beginning at 3 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m. there will be a truck pull in front of the grandstands. (There is an admission fee.)

Thursday is Children’s Day at the fairgrounds.

The day begins with more 4-H project judging, (dairy and horse at 9 a.m.)

The midway opens at 1 p.m. with special deals offered kids through the Read to Ride, Write to Ride or Color to Ride programs. (Details through the fair office — 734-5481.)

At 7 p.m. a heavyweight horse pull will be the draw to the grandstands with this contest being a state championship so the competition is sure to be hot and heavy.

Just before that, at 6:30 p.m., down by the judging arena, 4-H youth will be auctioning off chickens, rabbits and goats. Organizers hope folks will get out and really support 4-H club members as they market their projects.

Friday the action continues with Kids Can Do Day. (Ride discounts will be offered to kids bringing canned goods as donations to local food pantries.)

At 6 p.m. the antique tractor pull will begin in front of the grandstands, and at 6:30 p.m. the auctioning of large animal projects will take place in the arena adjacent to the main entrance gate.

Saturday is Family Fun Day and there is a lot on the ticket.

From 9 a.m. - noon, the fun horse show will offer laughs and entertainment in the horse arena.

At 1 p.m. there will be a farm stock tractor pull in front of the grandstands, (with an admission fee.)

Also at 1 p.m., the rabbit costume competition will take place along with the horse and livestock costume contests. It’s always a lot of fun seeing how hard 4-H’ers work to get their pets and projects gussied up for the judges.

At approximately 2 p.m., the Sweepstakes Showmanship competition will take place in the judging arena pitting the top competitors in each animal class against their fellow champions for top fair honors.

At 6 p.m., the hooting and hollering will really begin as 4-H’ers let their collective hair down a little and join in the always hysterical Ag Olympics.

At 7 p.m. there will be a continuation of the farm stock tractor pull action.

There’s still a lot to do.

Rides to thrill.

Food to fill.

And events that make this week unique.

Don’t miss out on the action.