Osceola County fair set to begin next week

Local youth participate in the sheep showmanship class during the 2018 Osceola County 4-H FFA Fair. This year’s fair is scheduled for Monday, July 29, through Saturday, Aug. 3. (Pioneer file photo)

EVART — After a year of preparation and hard work, youth throughout Osceola County are ready to showcase their skills during the annual Osceola County 4-H FFA Fair.

This year the fair fun will begin on Monday, July 29, at the fairgrounds, 101 Recreation Ave. in Evart, and continue through Saturday, Aug. 3.

From the Farm Bureau chicken dinner to the showmanship classes, midway rides to the Ag Olympics, Jacob Stieg, Osceola County 4-H Coordinator with Michigan State University Extension, said there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

“The fair is a great time for the community to come out and see what the kids have been working on,” he said. “We have a very strong 4-H program here.”

The lineup of events for Monday include the rabbit and poultry showmanship in the morning, still exhibit judging at 1 p.m. and a garden tractor pull at 7 p.m., among other activities throughout the day.

Tuesday, July 30, is Dollar Day on the midway and will be open from 3 to 10 p.m. The day also will include goat judging and trail and Western riding classes at 9 a.m., a pedal pull from 1 to 4 p.m., beef and dairy judging at 3 p.m. and a heavyweight horse pull at 7 p.m.

Osceola County 4-H Coordinator Jacob Stieg said the annual Farm Bureau chicken dinner is expected to be a hit once again this year. The barbecue meal will take place on Wednesday, July 31. (Pioneer file photo)

Farm Bureau Day and Kids Day will take place this year on Wednesday, July 31, and will be filled with fun such as the swine showmanship at 9 a.m., the Farm Bureau chicken barbecue at noon, sheep judging at 3 p.m. and a small animal barn dance at the Walt and Margaret Johnson Building from 7 to 10 p.m. Kids also can get a discounted price on armbands for the midway by purchasing early bird tickets from 1 to 3 p.m.

The excitement will continue on Thursday, Aug. 1, for Can Day, during which people can bring a canned food item to the fair office from 3 to 10 p.m. to receive a discounted arm band ticket price. The day also will include dairy judging; the market chicken, rabbit and goat auction at 6 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., the antique tractor pull.

On Friday, Aug. 2, the day will begin with youth and open class horse, pony and miniature horse judging at 8 a.m. and dairy goat judging at 9 a.m. After spending the day at the midway, friends and families can end their evening at the market livestock auction at 6 p.m. and the farm stock tractor pull at 7 p.m.

The busy week of fair fun will end on Saturday during Community Appreciation Day with a number of fun events, including the horse and goat fun shows; rabbit, horse and livestock costume classes; sweepstakes showmanship; Ag Olympics and the truck and open tractor pull, all taking place at different times during the day.

Area youngsters will get a chance to compete in the Ag Olympics this year at the fair on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Osceola County 4-H FFA Fairgrounds, at 101 Recreation Avenue in Evart. (Pioneer file photo)

Stieg said the fair is always a lot of fun for the community.

“I get excited for this every year. It’s like Christmas in July,” he said. “Everyone should come down and enjoy the day in Evart.”

For a complete list of events and activities during the Osceola County 4-H FFA Fair, visit osceolacountyfairgrounds.com.

Among the many events scheduled during fair week in Osceola County this year will be the open class swine judging on Wednesday, July 31. (Pioneer file photo)

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Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at tfussman@pioneergroup.com.

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