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Free fun a hot draw for the BV Fair

Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's almost time to "Come Out and Play" at the 2008 Buena Vista County Fair!

The fair board, volunteers and BV County Extension staff have been busy for months preparing for the annual event set for July 17-20.

With the high prices people are paying at the gas pumps and the grocery stores, the Fair Board is offering a great deal of fun for a buck's admission at the gate.

"Where you going to go to get this much for a dollar?" said Fair Board President Randy Robbins. "We've got a lot of free entertainment lined up."

The list of freebies include all of the 4-H livestock and animal shows; there are small fees for the grandstand entertainment.

The fair also gives you or your kids the opportunity to compete in or grab a front row seat to watch a number contests such as the new watermelon seed spitting contest, catch the greased pig and mutton bustin'; the popular Ag Olympics, BBQ contest, baby contests and pedal pull. Brought back by popular demand is the mud volleyball tournament and for a small fee, you can take part in the paintball tournament. Watching the 4-H'ers make pies on stage, dressed in zany costumes, is always a hoot. It's free, too.

Tractor enthusiasts can take part in a tractor ride and ladies will be treated to a day of fun and learning during the Ladies Day July 19. Kids will also have a day of their own on July 19; wristbands will be available and can be used all day on the Sky High Bounce. Wristbands may be purchased prior to Kids Day for $8 from fair directors or $10 on Kids Day.

Grandstand events include the Kyle Suter Memorial Stock Car Race July 17.

There is also the Demolition Derby on July 18, and Enduro Races on July 19.

"The stock car races are always popular because they are so evenly competitive and there are a lot of local racers," Robbins said. The demo derby, he said, will include a $1,500 purse in the non-weld category and $1,000 in the front-wheel drive category. Call Randy Robbins for more details, rules or to enter (286-5018). For more information on the Enduro Series contact Lee Meyer (284-2590.)

Additional entertainment will be the mini tractor pull at the Grandstands on July 19 and go carts on July 20 in the Gradstands.

The board is hoping to increase the number of commercial booth users by making them rent- free. It is recommended that door prizes be made available at each booth as a drawing card. Contact Becky Meyer at 284-2590 for more information on the booth rentals.

And don't forget the food. Doug Allerdings and family (and friends) will again operate the food stand and offer many favorite fair foods at reasonable prices. The Fair Board will have a free supper of beef burgers, pork burgers, turkey filets and sweet corn.

Royalty will be named July 20; don't miss the crowning of the Little Miss and the Buena Vista County Fair Queen.

Improvements are being completed at the fairgrounds including repainting the grandstand and concession stand and installing windows in the grandstand. This Saturday will be a busy day at the fairgrounds; anyone wishing to volunteer some time may show up at 9 a.m. All of the fair board members will be there and many 4-H'ers will also be helping. With the fair fast approaching, they need all the help they can get so that things are fixed and cleaned up for the first exhibits to come in.

Robbins said he and the other board members are excited about the upcoiming fair and all that it has to offer. He added that it is encouraging to see that the number of 4-H'ers and the number of livestock exhibits have increased even from last year.

"We're thanbkful we have this much livestock and so much going on at the fair. this will be a great place to be with so much free entertainment."

The fair board, which is made up of people all across the county, is always looking for members who want to serve on the board.

"I want to say thanks to Dean Jones," said Robbins, pointing out that Jones is a member of the board and does a great deal of work at the fairgrounds. "He does a superb job. A big thanks to him. He deserves a pat on the back." Robbins thanks all the volunteers who come out to help at the fairgrounds and all the people that come out to support the kids.

"This is the best part," the board president said of the run of the fair. "We do this for the kids. They work hard, too, and it makes us feel good to see the happy kids."

These are scheduled events. Please check local newspaper and radio announcements for further details. The schedule may be changed on occasion and other events may be added.

2008 Fair Schedule

Admission $1 per day * Children 5 and under - Free

($4 pass available from the Fair Board or at the Extension Office)

Wednesday, July 16

8 - 11:30 a.m. - Open class registration - Open Class Building

8 - 9:30 a.m. - Swine weigh-In - Swine Barn

9 a.m. - Noon - Poultry check-in and rabbit check-in - Small Animal Barn

9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Special Swine weigh-In - Swine Barn

10:30 a.m. - Noon - Sheep and goat weigh-in - Sheep and Goat Barn

12:30 p.m. - Open Class Judging Begins - Open Class Building

1 p.m. - 4-H/FFA Poultry Show - Poultry Barn

3-4 p.m. - 4-H Lead Calf and Bottle Bucket Calf Weigh-In - Beef Barn

4 p.m. - 4-H Rabbit Show - Small Animal Barn

4-5 p.m. Background Beef and JR Feeders weigh-in - Beef Barn

5 p.m. - Bottle Bucket interviews - 4-H Building

5:30 p.m. - Parade (Sponsored by the Alta Chamber) - Main Street Alta

6-8 p.m. - Open Class Floriculture ONLY Registration - Open Class Building

9 p.m. - All other 4-H Beef and Dairy in place

Thursday, July 17 - Sky High Bounce Inflatables

7:30 a.m. - 4-H Dog Show - 4-H Show Ring

8 a.m. - Horses arrive - Horse Barn

9 a.m. - 4-H/FFA Sheep Show (followed by Goat Show) - 4-H Showring

9:30 a.m. - Open Class Floriculture Judging - Open Class Building

10 a.m. - Commercial Booths and Exhibits Open

2 p.m. - 4-H Horse Show - Outdoor Arena

4 p.m. - Sky High Bounce opens

7 p.m. - Commercial Buildings close

7:30 p.m. - Stock Car Races and Kyle Suter Memorial - Grandstand - Pits open at 5 p.m.

11 p.m. - Sky High Bounce closes

Friday, July 18 - Sky High Bounce Inflatables

7:30 a.m. - 4-H and FFA Swine Show - 4-H Show Ring

9 a.m. - Tractor Ride - starts at the Grandstands - Organized by BV farm Bureau and BV Corn Growers

10 a.m. - Commercial Buildings and Exhibits Open

Noon - Sky High Bounce opens

1 p.m. - Livestock judging contest - 4-H Show Ring

1 p.m. - Minirods - Grandstands

2-5 p.m. - Watermelon Feed sponsored by Heritage Bank of Alta - Picnic Area

2:30 p.m. - Seed Spitting Contest - Picnic Area

3 p.m. - Ag-Olympics - 4-H Show Ring

4:30 p.m. - Small Animal Show - 4-H Show Ring

5 p.m. - Free Supper - 4-H Auditorium

5 p.m. - Pie Baking Contest - 4-H Auditorium (followed by Share-the-Fun and Parade of Champions)

7 p.m. - Commercial Buildings close

7 p.m. - Demo Derby - Grandstands

Saturday, July 19 - Sky high Bounce - Kids Day - Ladies Day

(Wristbands good all day for Sky High Bounce)

8 a.m. - Baby Contest registration - 4-H Auditorium

8:30 a.m. - 4-H and FFA Dairy Show - 4-H Show Arena

9 a.m. - 4-H and FFA Beef Show - 4-H Show Arena

9 a.m. - Baby contest - 4-H auditorium

10 a.m. - Commercial Booth and Exhibits open

11 a.m. - Greased Pig and Mutton Bustin - Grass Stage

Noon - Junior Feeders and Background Beef Show - 4-H Ring

Noon - Sky High Bounce opens

Noon - Paintball opens - Behind Grandstands

1:30 p.m. Kids Pedal Pull by Farm Bureau - under Grandstands

4 p.m. - Communication Events - Educational Presentations and Working Exhibits - 4-H Building

5 p.m. - Overall Showmanship - 4-H Show Ring

7 p.m. - Commercial Buildings Close

7 p.m. - Paintball closes

7 p.m. - Enduro - Grandstands

11 p.m. - Sky High Bounce closes

Ladies Day Program - 4-H Auditorium

9 a.m. - Baby Contest

10 a.m. - Nutrition and Health by Nancy Clark

11 a.m. - "Meaningful Gift Giving" by Kris Williams

11:30 a.m. - Genealogy News and Opportunities

Noon - Lunch

1 p.m. - 4-H Clothing Events Fashion Show - Fashion Revue and Clothing Selection

4 p.m. - 4-H Communication Events, Educational Presentations and Working Exhibits

Sunday, July 20

9 a.m. - BBQ Contest begins

10 a.m. - 4-H Carcass Contest Weigh-In

10 a.m. - Mud volleyball - Horse Arena

11 a.m. - Commercial Buildings Open

11 a.m. - Go-Carts - Grandstands

11:30 a.m. - Sky high Bounce

Noon - 5 p.m. - Paintball tournament - behind Grandstands

Noon - BBQ Contest Judging

1 p.m. - Little Miss Pageant and Queen Contest - 4-H Auditorium

2 p.m. - Sky High Bounce opens

2 p.m. - Open Swine Show - 4-H Show Arena

3 p.m. -Release all exhibits

3 p.m. - All Buildings Close

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