Wednesday, August 8, 2012

County Fair ramps up today

Week’s events include bike rodeo, market animal sale


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

4-H member Madison Virgil shows her pig, Dinner, at the Market Animal Auction at the 2010 Blaine County Fair. The fair will be in full swing this weekend, with everything from animal shows to bike rodeos and canned-good competitions. Photo by Willy Cook

The Blaine County Fair will ramp up to full force this week, including the second annual Family Fun Day and the traditional Market Animal Sale this weekend.

Fair events begin officially today, with sheep, beef cattle and swine weigh-ins. 4-H members will also give oral presentations that afternoon.

Wednesday will also feature a workshop on non-lethal wolf deterrents from Defenders of Wildlife and the Wood River Wolf Project. The project seeks to educate and assist livestock producers with using non-lethal deterrents such as flagging, electric fencing, spotlights and alarms to keep wolves from killing sheep.

Open class judging will occur this Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. Blaine County residents of all ages are asked to submit their best vegetables, fruit, canned goods, baked goods, jerky, flowers and arts and crafts such as sewing, painting, quilts and photography for judging.

Wednesday will end with a team-roping event, in which two people and two horses work together to lasso and tie a calf.

Thursday and Friday will feature many of the 4-H animal shows, where 4-H members will be judged on the handling and quality of their animals. Friday is also Family Fun Day, and will include family entertainment such as dancing, craft vendors, a mechanical bull and fair food.

Saturday's highlights include the market animal sale, during which 4-H members auction off their beef cattle, swine and lambs. According to 4-H leaders, many of the children use the funds for college or put it in long-term savings. Animals are bid on by anyone from individuals to corporations such as Atkinsons' Markets, Les Schwab Tires and C & R Electric.

The sale will be preceded by a luncheon featuring beef, pork and lamb. Buyers and 4-H members eat free, while others can participate for $5.

The fair will wrap up with a rodeo at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The rodeo will feature a wild cow race, wild cow milking, heifer riding, calf roping and other events.

For a complete schedule, visit www.blainecountyfair.com

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Kate Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com

Fair Highlights

Wednesday, August 8

Open Class Judging 8 a.m.

Wood River Wolf Project Workshop 10 a.m.

4-H Meeting and Barbecue (4-H members and leaders only) 12 p.m.

4-H Oral Presentations 3:30 p.m.

Progressive team roping 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 9

4-H Swine Show 8:30 a.m.

Open Class Swine Show 10:30 a.m.

4-H and Open Class Dog Show 11:30 a.m.

4-H Rabbit Show 1:30 p.m.

4-H Poultry Show 3 p.m.

Open Class Small Animal Show 4 p.m.

ATV and Motorcycle Rodeo 8 p.m.

Friday, August 10 -- Family Fun Day

4-H Sheep Show 8:30 a.m.

Open Class Sheep 10:30 a.m.

Petting Zoo open at 11 a.m.

4-H Beef Show 11 a.m.

Kids Bike Rodeo 2 p.m.

4-H Archery Shoot 4 p.m.

Little Kids' Rodeo 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 11

4-H Luncheon 12 p.m.

Market Animal Sale 1:30 p.m.

Fall Rodeo 8 p.m.




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