Osceola County 4-H FFA Fair kicks off next week in Evart

EVART — Fair time is fast approaching and there will be no shortage of animals or fun at this year’s Osceola County 4-H FFA Fair.

The fair kicks off for the public on Monday, July 25, and runs through Saturday, July 30, offering area residents and visitors alike the chance to enjoy 4-H shows, the midway, grandstand events and more.

A number of 4-H exhibitors will once again be participating in the fair, bringing animals and other projects they have worked hard on throughout the year.

Osceola County 4-H Coordinator Jake Stieg said the numbers have risen across the board, with more animals in multiple categories.

“We have pretty large numbers and are up in almost ever barn compared to last year,” Stieg said. “Swine, sheep, rabbits, all our poultry, dairy and horse numbers are all up. It’s going to be a fun fair.”

Last year, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development canceled all poultry shows and exhibitions throughout the state as a precaution against avian influenza. Instead of bringing their live bird to the fairgrounds, children and teens used model birds for showmanship.

With the ban now lifted, 4-H’ers are looking forward to bringing live birds to show once again, Stieg said.

“Our youth are excited to have poultry back at the fair,” he said. “The numbers are up there and it will be a big show.”

Monday will start with poultry and rabbit judging at 9 a.m., horse demonstrations at 3 p.m. and the garden tractor pull at 7 p.m. at the grandstand.

Tuesday will feature goat judging and youth trail class and western riding at 9 a.m., beef and dairy beef judging at 3 p.m. and a heavyweight horse pull at 7 p.m. in the grandstand. TJ Schmidt and Company will provide the midway carnival and will open all rides starting at 3 p.m.

The fun continues on Wednesday with swine judging at 9 a.m., the Farm Bureau Chicken Barbecue at noon, youth and open class sheep judging at 3 p.m.

Thursday will offer youth dairy and horse English class judging at 9 a.m., llama and alpaca judging at 3 p.m. and a truck pull at 7 p.m. The small-animal auction will begin at 6 p.m. The truck pull begins at 7 p.m.

Friday features horse and pony judging at 8 a.m. and the antique tractor pull at 7 p.m. at the grandstands. The market livestock auction will begin at 6 p.m.

Saturday, the last day of the fair, attendees can enjoy a fun horse show at 9 a.m., a goat fun show at 11 a.m. and a costume class competitions at 1 p.m. Sweepstakes Showmanship will begin at 2 p.m. A farm stock tractor pull will take place at 7 p.m. Agricultural Olympics, one of the favorite 4-H events, will take place at 6 p.m.

Much like the 4-H’ers, Stieg is anxiously awaiting the start of fair week.

“This is the highlight of my summer,” he said. “The kids worked so hard to get here. It’s great to see their work pay off and the culmination of all they do. It’s not a summer unless we have the Osceola Fair and I’m looking forward to it.”

For a complete fair schedule and more, visit osceolacountyfairgrounds.com.