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Fair season is Among Us - June 15

County Agent Update

Danielle Steinhoff


Fair Season is Among Us


Every summer counties around the country hold county fair or achievement days. The Upper Missouri Valley Fair is June 21st -25th in Williston. The fair has a lot of great events going on; free concerts, T-Rex, wood carving and of course, 4-H events! Our 4-H number in the county have been continuing to grow the last few years, this year we have more animals and static entries. The Williams County 4-H events start Friday June 16th with our horse show. We have fourteen youth participating, eight of whom are from Williams County. This a great opportunity for them to show their skills and showmanship of their horse. Monday June 19th is our next 4-H event, this is static judging. Statics are non-living project, sewing, wood working, welding, horticulture and many more. These projects have started at the beginning of the 4-H year to be displayed during the fair. There are over 600 projects being judged and displayed for the 2017 fair. I want to take a minute to thank all the helpers and congratulate all of the youth on these projects! This is my third fair, and I am always impressed at the skill these 4-H members have. Wednesday June 21st is the first official day of the fair, with 4-H animals arriving at 8a.m. for check-in and weighing. It is a little crazy that morning with vehicles, ultra-sounding and preparing but it is exciting because we all know the shows are near. Our first show is Wednesday June 21st at 4:30p.m., it is our rabbit and poultry show. Our numbers have increased again and all of our cages will be full! We have 16 youth showing between those two species. Thursday June 22nd shows start at 9a.m. with swine, sheep and goats, in the order. Giving the families a little break and time to get ready, the beef show starts at 3p.m. The shows on Thursday have over 60 participants, showing in breed and market. With all of the animal’s shows, there is the showmanship competition. This is a chance for them to show their skills, this is judged on their knowledge of the animal and the way to present this to the judge. Those that are awarded the Grand showmen in their age group and species are invited back for the Round Robin showmanship contest on Friday morning, June 23rd at 9a.m. Round Robin gives the youth a chance to compete with their species, but also the other four to show their knowledge on other animals as well. In the Round Robin contest it is beef, sheep, swine, horses and goats. Following the excitement of Friday morning is Friday evening, the Market Animal Sale. This year we have over 55 animals eligible for sale, this is a chance to support a great organization and to get local fresh meat. The sale starts at 5p.m. in the Bowman Building on the Fairgrounds. There is a lot going on this year at the Upper Missouri Valley Fair, make sure to check out the website and their Facebook page for more information.


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