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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 22, 2014

County Fair 2014 begins this weekend

Livestock numbers are very similar to last year’s animals
By David Hotle | Jul 08, 2014
The new County Council pavillion is being built onto the small stage at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The pavillion will give shelter to the audiences. There will also be picnic tables under the roof during the fair to allow fair goers to relax in the shade during the event. The pavillion is a combined project with the county council and the Washington County Fair Board.

With only days remaining until his first real participation at the Washington County Fair, Rod Taylor, son of Jason and Angela Taylor, worked today to get his photography exhibit mounted to be displayed with the non-livestock exhibits.
The photos he has taken aren’t the only exhibits the former Clover Kid is going to be exhibiting. As a new member of the Jackson Jets 4-H Club, Taylor will also be exhibiting poultry.
“It’s good,” he said, expressing his excitement about competing at the fair for the first time.
Angela Taylor said that Rod had been working on his projects since late winter.
Amy Green, Washington County 4-H and Youth Coordinator, said that, with only a few days left until the opening of the fair, workers are busy preparing the grounds. She said that this year’s fair would be similar to traditional livestock shows. She said that a rabbit show and a goat show have been added for the Clover Kids. She also said that another open session for Little Hands on the Farm has been added Wednesday.
“A lot of our standard events are back,” she said.
Green said that the numbers of livestock so far have been very similar to the numbers of show animals that competed in the 2013 fair.
“We just had our livestock superintendent meeting last night,” she said. “Most of the species are right on with pre-fair numbers last year. There isn’t anything that went up or down dramatically either way.”
She said communications events would be tomorrow night. She said that there would be plenty of intermediates and seniors participating.
Green invites everyone to the fair, saying it is a great community event.
“There will be lots of things going on every day and a variety of interests,” she said. “People can come and find something just for them. It’s a great time. If you know kids from the county, if they are involved in 4-H they will be here showcasing everything they have done for the entire year.”
The schedule of the 2014 Washington County Fair is:

Saturday, July 12
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Judging non-livestock static exhibits
9 a.m. Bucket-bottle calf interviews
2 p.m. Clover Kids – conference with judge

Sunday, July 13
4 p.m. judging 4-H and FFA dog obedience
5-6:30 p.m. Check in poultry meeting at 6:30 p.m.
5-7 p.m. check in and weigh sheep
7 p.m. 4-H style revue (Intermission of queen contest)
7 p.m. 4-H Senior recognition (Intermission of queen contest)
7:30 p.m. Check in beef heifers

Monday, July 14
7:45 a.m. Swine exhibitor meeting
8 a.m. Weigh and mark pigs
8:30 a.m. Weigh market beef and carcass entries
11 a.m. Weigh bucket-bottle calves
12:30 p.m. .4-H and FFA Livestock judging contest
3:30 p.m. Judging of 4-H and FFA goats followed by Clover Kids Goat Show
5 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA dog agility
5:30 p.m. Clover Kids Great Gardeners Fest at Lions Stage

Tuesday, July 15
8 a.m. Judging 4-H and FFA lambs followed by Clover Kid Sheep Show
8:30 a.m. Judging 4-H and FFA horse and pony (halter)
9 a.m. Judging 4-H and FFA rabbits
12 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA Horse and Pony (performance)
12 p.m. Pet project interviews
1:30 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA pets
4 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA beef heifers
4-7 p.m. 4-H shooting sports archery booth
5 p.m. 4-H working exhibits – basement
5:30 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA poultry
6 p.m. Clover Kids style revue – Lions stage

Wednesday, July 16
8 a.m. Judging 4-H and FFA swine
9 a.m. Rooster crowing contest
9:30 a.m. Kids Day activities
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Little Hands on the Farm – round barn
11 a.m. Clover Kids Pet Show
2 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA dairy cattle
3 p.m. 4-H Share the Fun – community center
3:30 p.m. Judging 4-H and FFA bucket-bottle calves
4 p.m. Clover Kids rabbit mentoring, show at 4:30 p.m.
4-7 p.m. Little Hands on the Farm – Round Barn
6:30 p.m. Clover Kids graduation – Lions Stage

Thursday, July 17
8 a.m. Judging 4-H and FFA market beef and carcass
4-7 p.m. Little Hands on the Farm – Round Barn
4-7 p.m. 4-H Shooting Sports archery booth
5 p.m. Pride of Iowa – basement
6 p.m. Iowa 4-H 2014 Hall of Fame Presentation and Presentation of State Fair Plaques

Friday, July 18
TBA Load out pigs
6 – 8:30 a.m. Release of livestock
7 – 9 a.m. Farm Bureau free breakfast for buyers and 4-H families
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Release of non-livestock exhibits
9 a.m. Livestock auction
8 – 10:30 p.m. Teen dance (Eighth – 12th graders) — County Council Pavilion.

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