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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 18, 2018

Greater Jefferson County Fair has arrived

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jun 25, 2018

Saddle up, partner. We’re going to the fair.

The Greater Jefferson County Fair begins today and runs all this week featuring animals, exhibits, tasty food, carnival rides, a rodeo and more.

Local 4-Hers are having their interviews today for their bucket-bottle calf and clothing projects. Things pick up Tuesday when the public is invited to witness the 4-H/FFA horse show beginning at 8 a.m. in the horse arena at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

The fair parade is that night at 6:30 p.m. from the high school to Central Park. That will be followed by a Flag Day ceremony courtesy of Fairfield Elks, and finally the Fairfield Municipal Band will serenade the crowd from 8-9 p.m.

From Wednesday through Sunday, the fun won’t stop from sun-up to sun-down. Each day will bring multiple 4-H/FFA shows, games for kids and grandstand entertainment in the evening.

Jefferson County Fair Board President Steve Fritchen said the fair has many new sights to offer visitors. A new grandstand act is Thursday’s Ranch Rodeo, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fritchen said it will showcase talented kids from the area who will demonstrate how to sort cows on horseback and other tricks of the trade.

Youngsters will ride bareback sheep around the show arena during Mutton Bustin’ at 7 p.m. Thursday, another new activity.

“Kids won’t have a hard landing because they’ll be falling on sawdust,” Fritchen said.

Helicopter rides are back at the fair. Fritchen also noted that there will be more carnival rides than before.

The Kidde Pedal Tractor Pull has become a staple at the fair. Willard Hoskins of Hawkeye Pedal Pull has run the competition for 25 years. The event is 6 p.m. Friday in the show arena.

Fritchen commented that several grandstand acts such as the quad races, tractor pull and demolition derby consistently bring great crowds, and they’re all back for 2018.

 

FULL FAIR SCHEDULE

Wednesday

9:30 a.m. Open Class Division judging in Activity Building (closed to public)

10 a.m. Handy Devices-Metal/Wood Show Judging

Noon: Clover Kids & 4-H Dog Obedience Show in the show arena

1 p.m. Open Class exhibits open for public viewing and food sales

3-5 p.m. Open Class Cupcake Decorating in Activity Building

4 p.m. Cake Walk in schoolhouse

4:30 p.m. Agri-Puppets

5 p.m. Commercial Exhibits open in the McCleary Building

6 p.m. Little Miss Contest in show arena, followed by auction of Open Class Division quilt and parade results

6:30 p.m. Queen Contest in show arena

7:30 p.m. Bill Riley Talent Contest

8 p.m. Tough Trucks in grandstand

 

Thursday

8 a.m. Open Class Scavenger Hunt begins

8:30 a.m. 4-H/FFA Sheep Show, followed by 4-H/FFA Meat Goat Show

1 p.m. Clover Kids Bottle Lamb & Goat Show

1:30 p.m. 4-H Bottle Lamb Show

1:30 p.m. Agri-Puppets

1:45 p.m. 4-H/FFA Dairy Goat and Cattle Show

2:30 p.m. 4-H Communications Event in Cambridge Building

3:30-4:30 p.m. 20th Annual Water Splash Off west of horse arena

4:30-5:30 p.m. Cookie Walk in school house

4:30 p.m. Agri-Puppets

5:30 p.m. Open Class Frozen T-shirt Contest in show arena

6:30 p.m. Agri-Puppets

6:30 Ranch Rodeo in grandstand

7 p.m. Mutton Bustin’ in show arena

 

Friday (schedule printed in last week’s special section was incorrect)

8 a.m. 4-H/FFA Swine Show in show arena

1:30 p.m. 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest

1:30 p.m. Beef Bonanza in Cambridge Building

1:30 p.m. Agri-Puppets

2 p.m. “The Scoop on Dirt” in school house, with ice cream to follow

3:30 p.m. Agri-Puppets

4:30 p.m. Kidde Treasure Hunt in the midway

5 p.m. Jefferson County Pork Producer sandwiches available

5 p.m. Drawing for bicycles in show arena

5:30 p.m. 4-H/FFA Poultry Show in dairy barn

6 p.m. Kidde Pedal Tractor Pull in show arena

6 p.m. Quad Races in grandstand

6:30 p.m. Agri-Puppets

7:30-9:30 p.m. Mechanical Bull Riding in show arena

 

Saturday

8 a.m. 4-H/FFA Beef Show

Noon: Truck and Tractor Pull Farmer Class in grandstand

1 p.m. Clover Kids & 4-H Bucket-Bottle Calf Show

1:30 p.m. Agri-Puppets

2-7 p.m. School house open

2:30 p.m. Open Class Chicken Throwing Contest in show arena, followed by Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest

3 p.m. Open Class Scavenger Hunt ends

4:30 p.m. Agri-Puppets

5 p.m. 4-H/FFA Rabbit Show in dairy barn

5 p.m. Jefferson County Cattlemen’s Association sandwiches available

6:30 p.m. Agri-Puppets

7:30 p.m. Truck and Tractor Pull from Twin States Pulling Association in the grandstand

8-10 p.m. FHS Talent Show

 

Sunday

10 a.m. Church Service in show arena

11 a.m. Dutch Oven Gathering on display

Noon: Open Class Horse Show

12:30 p.m. Clover Kids Pet Show in show arena

1 p.m. 4-H/FFA Cat and Pet Show in show arena

1:30 p.m. Showmanship Reward Ceremony in show arena

2 p.m. Open Class Pet Show in dairy barn

2:30 p.m. 4-H Style Show in Cambridge Building

6 p.m. Doug Moothart Memorial Open Class Beef Show

7 p.m. Demo Derby in grandstand, followed by fireworks

 

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