County fair agenda packed with fun

The Hamilton County Fair is packed with a plethora of unique and fun events, ranging from Wednesday to Sunday.
“We’re excited,” said Hamilton County Ag Society president Phil Hupf. “We’re running a bunch of different events this year and changing up the schedule. The mini-rodeo is new and Sunday night the RC car group is opening their track to the public.”
Kicking off regularly scheduled fair activities are entry deadlines day and livestock weigh-ins. From 4-9 p.m. on Wednesday, 4-H, FFA and Open Class entries (static projects) will be accepted.
The 4-H and FFA sheep and goat weigh-in will then take place from 5-9 p.m. Also running from 5-9 p.m. is 4-H and Open Class poultry and rabbits check-in. Llama check in is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and continue through the evening until 9 p.m. Wrapping up the weigh in schedule are the time slot for beef and swine. Beef weigh-in for 4-H and FFA competitors runs from 6:30-9 p.m., with swine beginning shortly after and running from 7-9 p.m.
Also happening Wednesday, Heritage Bank will host the exhibitors’ barbecue from 5-9 p.m. in the Farr Building.
Thursday activities begin bright and early, earmarked with the opening of the 4-H junior leader’s livestock concessions at 8 a.m. Concessions will be open throughout the day, closing at 5 p.m.
Starting up the day’s livestock shows, 8 a.m. will bring the 4-H and FFA sheep show, as well as the judging of the FFA and Open Class building exhibits.
The 10 a.m. hour on Thursday will host the 4-H and FFA goat show, as well as the Open Class poultry show. Shortly after at 11 a.m., the 4-H food stand will open, along with the bake sale and 4-H and FFA rabbit show. The 4-H food stand will remain open through the day, closing at 8:30 p.m.
Afternoon activities show the 4-H and FFA poultry show at 1 p.m., a petting zoo at the Farr Building from 4-9 p.m. and all other exhibits, the Hamilton Telecommunications Hall and the Optimist food stand, opening to the public at 4:30 p.m.
The fair’s opening ceremonies are set to take place at 6 p.m. and will include the presentation of 4-H awards as wells at the Pioneer Farm Awards and the 4-H cake auction.
Providing extra entertainment for fair-goers, Thursday night rounds out with the DC Lynch carnival opening at 6 p.m. Also part of the “Family Fair Night,” Golf on the Go will be open from 6-10 p.m. and the Pedal Power Tractor Pull brings family fun starting at 6:45. An SPPD demo marks the end of the evening at 7 and fans will see the closing of all exhibits at 10.
Fun continues at the fairgrounds on Friday. The day will feature more concessions provided by 4-H members, as well an 8 a.m. start time for the 4-H and FFA swine show and dog show. The dog show is to be held in the Farr Building.
Static exhibits open again to the public at 9 a.m. and plan to close at 10 p.m.
Taking fans to the mid-point of the day, 11 a.m. shows the opening of the 4-H food stand, which will stay open to cater to hungry customers until 8:30 p.m.
The 4-H cat and companion animal shows kick off in the Ag Building at 1 p.m., while the 4-H llama show takes place in the show arena. Close behind, the Open Class exhibits open to the public at 2 p.m. and will remain open until the end of the fair day at 10.
The 4-H dairy show will then take over the Nicolas Pachta show arena at 4 p.m.
During this time, guests can also visit a craft beer tasting and beer garden, scheduled for 4 p.m. Also at 4 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m., the Farr Building will transform into a petting zoo and children are welcome to come visit various animals.
Friday also features the Hamilton Telecommunications Hall from 4:30-10 p.m., the Optimist Food Stand in the Farr Building, the continued display of exhibits, Golf on the Go from 6-10 p.m. and the DC Lynch carnival.
Special on Friday, Figure 8 races hit the fairgrounds track at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to stick around after the races as the Hall County Incident Band will showcase a special performance. The action is sure to fill the stands.
Reaching the heart of the Hamilton County Fair, Saturday events include more of the famous 4-H and FFA livestock shows.
The 4-H and FFA beef show begins at 8 a.m., followed by the elite showmanship contest at 1:30 p.m.
Exhibits will continue to open to the public, including 4-H, FFA and Open Class displays from 2-10 p.m. The 4-H food stand and Optimist food stand both open at 11 a.m. and will serve guests throughout the day. The Hamilton Telecommunications Building will also be open during this time.
New to the fair this year, the Chocolate Lover’s Contest hits the Commercial Building at 2 p.m.
At 4:30 p.m. those at the fair can stop by to see the 4-H and FFA livestock premium auction, followed by the Cattlemen’s beef dinner from 5:30-7 p.m.
Continued action into Saturday evening will feature the DC Lynch carnival, opening at 6 p.m., as well as Nowear BMX shows from 6-10 p.m.
A special event is again scheduled for 7 p.m. on the tracks, however this time action on the fairgrounds track will feature trailer races, followed up by a performance from the Hall County Incident Band.
Fair festivities come to a close on Sunday, with a fair exhibitor breakfast in the Farr Building at 7:30 a.m. With continued food supplied by the 4-H and Optimist food stands, the noon hour will welcome the 4-H and FFA livestock judging contest and the opening of all exhibits to the public.
Mud volleyball throws down at 1 p.m. and the Joseph Hall Elvis Tribute takes the stage at 3.
Be sure to stick around for the Mayfield Mini-Rodeo, also taking place at 3 and the last night of the DC Lynch carnival. The RC Car and Truck track opens at 6:30. Fans are encouraged to bring their own cars.
According to Hupf, the Ag Society hopes to create education opportunities for those attending the fair as well as lasting memories across the community.
“We hope kids and families have a good time and that there are memorable experiences for all involved,” Hupf said.

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