Massac County Youth Fair underway
The 2016 Massac County Youth Fair was scheduled to start Friday, July 15, at the Youth Fairgrounds just west of Massac County High School at 4476 Korte Rd. in Metropolis.
Kids from throughout the southern 13 counties of Illinois will choose their best livestock and projects to bring to the fair to compete for trophies, ribbons and premiums.
For more information, e-mail thecrow@midwest. net or call 524-7203.
Admission and parking are free for all fair events.
July 18 will bring the dairy cattle from the barn into the show ring, followed by the meat and dairy goats.
In a salute to dairy, Dairy Delights will offer free ice cream and activities for everyone from 10 a.m. to noon.
Kids who don’t have livestock, and also those who do, can join the fun that evening as the fair hosts a dog show.
The focus switches to the exhibit halls July 19, as all the projects there are to be entered that morning.
Projects will be judged July 19-20, and the exhibit halls will open July 21 with ribbons and awards in place for all to see.
Once those projects are entered, it’s time for the Farm Follies: water buckets, hay stacks, broom handles and more will see some pretty unusual uses.
Children are invited to participate each afternoon July 20-22 in such traditional games as water balloons and ice cream eating, three-legged races and bubble gum contests.
On July 21, it’s back to the show ring for the swine and sheep shows.
Visitors also can check out the squares for the cow pasture plop: to win, they will choose which spot will be the space where the cow first plops.
The cow will be brought to the pasture during the greased pig event that evening. The popular greased pig event follows a stick horse show for the 6 and younger set.
July 22 features beef: the beef show during the day, followed by beef night. Before that beef show, a complimentary breakfast will be served. Late in the afternoon, a cat show is planned.
The Massac County Youth Fair wraps up July 23 with the market shows for steers, market swine and market lambs.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. is the time to pick up projects and ribbons from the exhibit halls, and all exhibitors need to stop by the fair office during those hours to sign for and receive premiums.