The 71st edition of the South Logan County Livestock Show and Fair will start next Tuesday evening, Sept. 2, with the annual hay show and kids show-de-o. The fair will continue through Saturday, Sept. 6.
Entries for the hay show were due last Wednesday. Two days later the deadline for the livestock show also come and gone.
As has been the case for several years, there will be no carnival at the fair again this year.
“We just can’t afford it,” South Logan County Fair Board President Sam Tabler said last week. “Every carnival wants $10,000 to walk away with and we don’t support one that well.”
For the last two years the fair board has brought in a company featuring a variety of bounce around exhibits and other booths but one year windy conditions shortened the excitement and last year the plastic based materials were hot to the touch, Tabler said.
Check-ins for home economics exhibits will actually start the fair, from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday — baked goods will be judged Tuesday night and exhibits will be judged on Wednesday — with the hay show at 5:30, hay show meal at 6:30 and the show-de-o to follow.
The 9th annual show-de-o includes individual competitions of pedal tractor pulling for 5 and younger and a greased pig scramble for 6- to 8-year olds. Three person teams of 9- to 12-year olds will stuff scarecrows, 13- to 15-year olds will have a watermelon seed spitting contest and 16- to 19-year olds will have a hay stacking contest.
Admission to the fair on Tuesday is $1 for everyone. The rest of the week admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children, but a wristband is available for $5 which permits the owner nightly admission to the grounds.
Wednesday’s events include livestock and poultry check-in from noon until 5 p.m.; a horse show at 6 p.m. and the livestock weigh-in at 8 p.m.
Tabler said last week it looks as if the animal numbers will be on par, or perhaps a little ahead, of the numbers entered last fall.
On Thursday the schedule includes a check in of house plants and flowers from 8 to 11 a.m.; poultry judging at 9 a.m.; the rabbit show kicking off the livestock shows at 5 p.m.; the annual free chuck wagon dinner sponsored by First Western Bank from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; the sew with cotton style show at 6 p.m. and musical entertainment at 7 p.m.
Friday will include the sheep and goat followed by the beef/dairy/swine shows and a pulled pork dinner, all getting started at 5 p.m.
The fair concludes on Sept. 6 with a full day including the 4-H pullet auction at 1 p.m.; a dog show at 2; trophy presentation at 3:30; the junior premium auction dinner at 5:30 and the junior premium auction at 6:30.
Poultry and livestock exhibits can be checked out after the auction and home ec exhibits can be checked out from noon to 2 p.m.on Sunday.