The Blaine County Fair continues this week in Carey with a show of the area’s 4-H market animals, including pigs, sheep, cows, rabbits and chickens, on Thursday. Admission is free. All-day rides for kids can be purchased for $10, and will include a bouncy house, mechanical bull, a rock climbing wall and water slide.
Blaine County residents of all ages will have judges review their best vegetables, fruit, canned goods, baked goods, jerky, flowers and arts and crafts, such as sewing, painting, quilts and photography.
“The fair is a great opportunity to see some animals and associate with one another,” said Fair Board President Kyle Green.
According to 4-H leaders, many of the children, ages 5-18, use the funds from the sale of their animals for college or put it in long-term savings. The week’s events include oral presentations by 4-H’ers, including recitation of the 4-H creed for judges.
“I have been involved in 4-H since I was a little kid and now all of my children have been through it,” said Green. “It teaches kids responsibility. What you put into the animal is what you get out.”
Thursday and Friday will feature many of the 4-H animal shows, in which 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, archery and a kids’ rodeo.
The Market Animal Sale begins on Saturday after a noon luncheon of lamb, beef and pork cooked slowly in underground barbecue pits. The luncheon is open to anyone for $5.
Animals are weighed in on Wednesday and remain on site until Saturday afternoon. Everything is sold on Saturday between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Animals are bid on by anyone, from individuals to companies such as Atkinsons’ Markets and Les Schwab Tires.
The fair will wrap up with a Fall 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, go to www.blainecountyfair.com.
2104 grand marshals
Born in Hailey and raised in Carey, grand marshals Dick and Becky Payne both graduated from Carey High School. They were married in 1974 and have four children and six grandchildren. Becky works at Adamsons in Carey as a bookkeeper. Dick farms the ranch that has been in the Payne family since 1899. The have a small herd of cattle and sheep.
Becky was active in 4-H as a youth and participated in the horse program. The couple got involved as 4-H leaders when their kids Nicki, Angie, Rich and Marcella participated in 4-H livestock projects. Becky has served as a 4-H leader, member of the leaders council and as a Fair Board member for several years,. Dick has volunteered for many projects, including as cook for the 4-H barbecue. He also gets volunteered out for helping at sheep weigh-ins. The Paynes also enjoy helping out their grandchildren with 4-H projects and are past recipients of the Friends of 4-H Award.