It’s fair time in Alfalfa County. The months of preparation with show animals, the weeks of perfecting favorite recipes, the days of carefully trimming and watering the flowers and the hours of sewing all lead up to this moment.
Set up for the commercial booths, OHCE booths backgrounds and compile department books and awards will be from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., Sept. 7, with a superintendents and assistants meeting at 2:30 p.m.
The first day of the fair is set for Sept. 8. As always, the fair will be held at the Alfalfa County Fairgrounds.
The day begins at 7:30 a.m. when exhibitors can enter all exhibits except livestock.
Livestock will need to be in place by 8 a.m. The weighing and checking in of animals will begin at 9 a.m. with the weigh-in of swine, sheep, steers and goats.
At that same time the heifers will have their papers checked, pre-entry for the horse show and the poultry, fowl and rabbits will be checked in.
From 9-10 a.m. sign up for showmanship will take place in the indoor arena
At 10 a.m. OHCE entries will close and the judging will take place at 10:30 a.m.
Also at 10 a.m. will be the time for those who show bucket calves to check their calves in.
Livestock entries close at 10 a.m. and at noon all other entries will close.
Judging for open class exhibits, crops, horticulture, biggest garden products, 4-H exhibits, best of show and decorated hat contest will be at 1 p.m.
The judging of OHCE booths will begin at 3 p.m.
The youngsters competing in the bucket calf show will show their calves at 5 p.m.
The first day will conclude with the heifer and steer show following the bucket calf show.
The second day of the fair will begin at 9 a.m. with the swine show.
Going on at 11 a.m. will be the sheep show.
Cooks wanting to show off their soup making abilities can enter the Super Soup contest at noon with judging going on at 12:15 p.m.
Anyone with a sweet tooth can enter their creation in the Death by Chocolate contest at 1:15 p.m. The judging will be at 1:30 p.m.
The goat show will be held at 2 p.m.
Those wanting to enter the apple peeling contest can enter at 4 p.m. with the judging at 4:15 p.m.
At 5 p.m., the pedal tractor pulling contest will begin.
The homemade ice cream contest entries will be accepted at 5:30 p.m. with the judging at 6 p.m. The public can sample the ice cream for $1 per cup at 6 p.m.
The third day of the fair will be the 4-H and FFA livestock judging contest. Students will have the opportunity to show off their judging skills and back them up by giving their reasons why. The contest will begin at 8 a.m.
From 10 a.m. until noon the open class and OHCE evaluation will be going on.
At 12 p.m. all exhibits and commercial booths will be released.
The final event of the fair will be the horse show which is 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Those entering must pre-enter.