Getting ready for the fair

4H members and families prepare for shows, rides and fun

EVART – Fair Week 2011 is just around the corner, and 4H members and families around Osceola County are getting cranked up and ready to go.

The fair kicks off on Sunday, July 24 this year, and runs through Saturday, July 30.

For many young people, this is the highlight of the 4H year - the culmination of months dn. moths of activity, and a whole year of planning.

Everything is ready to go. The pre-registration deadline has already passed, it being 5 p.m. July 9. All participants need to register to exhibit at this fair . After July 9 a $25 late fee will be applied for those for not pre-registering. There can be no entries registered in any way after July 25.

Fair Week is a great time of fun and exciting for everyone involved - 4H’ers and other visitors alike.

There is simply a lot going on all day - every day.

This year is no different.

You really need to hit the ground running.

Sunday, hundreds of Osceola County 4-H kids will move 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 will be, a flurry of activity as animals large and small are primped, primed, pampered and postured into prize winning poses.

Pre-competition preparations rival anything that takes place in the finest salons on Rodeo Drive in Hollywood.

Snippers fly, hairdryers overheat, and styling wax is liberally applied as cows, steers, sheep, goats, chickens, cavies, rabbits and a bunch of other squawking, mooing, clucking and cooing animals get ready to go through their paces.

And on it goes …

Monday, July 25, Still Exhibit buildings will be open for entries, poultry and rabbit judging will begin, and kids with horses, swine and other livestock will be busy. The livestock judging contest will also take place.

In front of the Grandstands there will be a garden tractor pull in the early evening.

(A full and exact schedule of events can be found in the Fair Book, and in next week’s publication of the Osceola Edition.)

Tuesday, things really got rolling at the fair with goat judging in the arena early on, some fields of horsemanship coming under the scrutiny of judges and dairy cattle showing up and moving into their stalls.

Exhibit buildings opened for the general audience and the fairgrounds started filling with folks from throughout the area taking time to see what was happening in 4-H clubs around the county.

The midway also opened up Tuesday with lots of fun for all - a chance to win ‘valuable’ prizes in games of chance and an opportunity to get reacquainted with thrilling rides that always are a big draw to the fair.

There will be a truck pull in the evening.

Wednesday, 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 fairgoers.

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 3 p.m., the annual Challenge Rodeo will take place in the horse arena with very special participants in the PEP riding program having a chance to show their skills and have a ton of fun with friends, family and neighbors cheering them on.

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.

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

And there’s a ton to do elsewhere around the fairgrounds as well.

Rides to thrill.

Food to fill.

And events that make this week unique.

Don’t miss out on the action.