This week fall officially begins and it marks the final two weeks before our local Crossroads Harvest Festival. There will be plenty activities for the family to choose from during the festival and I hope many Washington Countians will choose to participate in the festivities. Several events are actually a part of the Washington County Fair and efforts by the County Fair Board and local organizations to build excitement and participation to eventually hold a full week’s County Fair in the future.
Anyone interested in entering County Fair exhibits may do so beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Senior Citizens Building. Registration will take place until 6 p.m. and then the judging will begin. Exhibits will be open on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and exhibits should be picked up between 3 p.m.-4 p.m. The doors will be locked at 4 p.m. County Fair booklets listing the classes are available from the extension office, Ky. Farm Bureau and the Opera House.
Awards include 1st place – rosette and $8, 2nd place – ribbon and $4 and 3rdplace – ribbon and $2. There will also be an Ugly Lamp Contest sponsored by Nancy’s Place with the winner receiving $50, 2nd place $25 and 3rdplace $15. The lamp must work. The winning lamp will be on display until Oct. 31 at Nancy’s Place. The Creative Farm Art contest will be sponsored by Washington Co. Farm Bureau and have the same awards. The winner will be on display at the Washington County Farm Bureau office until Oct. 31.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, the 4-H Spurs and Furs Club will sponsor an Open Poultry and Rabbit Show beginning at 10 a.m. at the National Guard Armory on Hwy. 555 in Springfield. Participants from many counties will be bringing their rabbits, chickens and water fowl to Springfield for this annual show. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and there is an entry fee of $1 per rabbit or bird. This is a carrying case show. For more information contact Larry Carney at 336-7428 for poultry and Ike Thompson at 284-5524 for rabbits. The public is invited to attend to watch and enjoy the show.
Horse enthusiasts have another chance to enjoy a fun afternoon with the Washington County 4-H Young Riders Annual Fun Show scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. at WillisburgCommunity Park. This truly is the show to bring your children to since there will be free pony rides from noon to 12:50 p.m. There will also be gospel singing from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. There will be games, trivia, audience participation and concessions available.
There is a gate fee of $2 per person or $5 per carload. There is an entry fee of $5 per class or just $3 for 4-H members. Participants can run in all eligible classes for $20 per person or $40 for the entire family. Classes include ones such as ride-a-buck, egg and spoon, switch-a-roo, barrels, poles, flags and many more. For information contact Tana Wells at 336-9528 or Jane Milburn at 336-9492. Negative coggins are required.
During the festival, several 4-H Clubs will have booths. The 4-H Sharpshooters will have a booth where they will sell tickets for a giveaway and have cotton candy. The 4-H Young Riders will have a horse and pony ride booth open on Saturday only and the 4-H Council will have a drink booth down close to the cook off area. Hope to see you at the festival!
4-H Livestock Club members placed well at the Kentucky State Fair this year. In the Youth Simmental show, Emilee Graves received first place and division champion with her Feb. heifer, Emmy’s Wendy. She also received fourth place in class 5 with her heifer MSF All AboutMe and champion cow/calf pair, CMSC Charming and Star Attraction. Graves also won third place in her showmanship age division. Jacob Graves showed his Jan. ’07 percentage Simmental heifer, Bramlet’s Pride, winning first place, division champion and reserve grand champion of it’sbreed. He also won 5th place with his Simmental heifer Circle A Jessie.
In the Angus Show, Washington County 4-H had four members showing their heifers. Taylor Blandford won second place with her Nov. ’07 heifer, MF Lucy’s Last Gift. She also won third in class 8 with her heifer, PVF Proven Queen 750. Also showing in the Angus youth show was Michael Benedict who won third place with his October ’07 heifer, Murcielago Barbara 7529. Stephen Bland tookhome 11th place with his heifer, MF New Design 114.
For the first time in several years, Washington County 4-H had a member competing in the youth swine show. Justin Campbell showed his crossbred gilt, receiving a red ribbon.
The 4-H Livestock Club will announce its first club meeting soon. Any youth interested in cattle, hogs, sheep or goats is welcome to join.
This year, four members of the 4-H Spurs and Furs club competed at the Kentucky State Fair along with several other rabbit project members. All of the results are not in at this time, so hopefully next week I can list all of the results from the state fair youth rabbit and poultry shows. Last week, the photo page from the Kentucky State Fair showcased the rabbit and poultry members and everyone could see that Washington County had many of the top awards in both the rabbit and poultry youth shows.