CADIZ - The numbers are holding their own as far as attendance at the Harrison County Fair, and that's despite being dealt a night of rain on Monday.
But sunny skies prevailed Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Jayne Wallace, Harrison County Fair treasurer and a member of the gates and admissions committee.
"The livestock auction is looking good, as numbers are up in all categories. This year the Friday livestock sale will start with rabbits. There is a rotation of categories each year to be fair to all the livestock projects," she said.
SNEAKING A SNACK — Abby Dowdle, 12, a Green Valley 4-H Club member, tried to steer her goat away from the hay bales in the dairy barn at the Harrison County Fair earlier this week. The cart goat will participate in the junior fair goat show set for 5 p.m. today. -- Esther McCoy
WASH TIME — Cheyenne Wood, 14, a member of the Country Friends 4-H Club, washed her crossbred market hogs Tuesday in anticipation of the Harrison County Junior Fair livestock auction to be held Friday. The event will start at 4 p.m., with rabbits as the first animals in the livestock ring. -- Esther McCoy
4-H members with livestock projects have sent out invitations for buyers to attend and look at their animals and perhaps place bids. Young 4-H members drift through the crowd with cold drinks and snacks during the show as well.
"There will be between 25 and 30 steers and 140 hogs to be sold. Gena White-Hill is livestock chairman," Wallace said.
Exhibitors will bring in gift basket exhibits Thursday to be judged and then place in a Chinese auction. Bids close at 9 p.m. Friday and those with high bids will buy the baskets. A percentage of the bids will go to the exhibitor.
A mud bog gets under way at 7 p.m. today at the fairgrounds, and voting on the scarecrow contest ends at 7 p.m.
The judging of junior fair market sheep brought the following results:
- Sadie Meredith, champion light weight; Addie Edwards, champion low intermediate weight; Alexandra Chrisman, champion intermediate weight; Emma Cline, champion high intermediate weight; Jalyn Jones, champion low heavy weight; Shannon Compher, champion heavy weight; and Caden Arbaugh, champion extra-heavy weight.
Compher had the grand champion market lamb, and Arbaugh had the reserve champion. Other winners were Cline, champion pen of two; Edwards, show of showman; Murphy White, outstanding market exhibitor, junior; Jones, intermediate; and Compher, senior.
Rabbit winners were Austin Marchetta, showmanship, senior division; Bailey Eberhart, intermediate; Samuel Yourko, junior.
Other winners were:
- Billy Fulton, breeding showmanship-senior; Brandi Ryser, intermediate; and Yourko, junior.
- Outstanding market exhibitor, senior, Marchetta; intermediate, Eberhart; and Avery Wallace, junior.
Eberhart was show of showman winner, with Yourko as the breeding show of showman winner.
Justice Dunlap had the grand champion market and breeding rabbit; Eberhart had the reserve champion market; and Cassie Wright, reserve breeding.
The fair continues through Saturday, and the 4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet will be held at noon. Volunteers and guests are invited to the annual celebration of volunteer service.
The banquet will feature the Ohio 4-H Teen Advisory Council youth and feature the year of 4-H in review.
Service awards will be given. Tim Tanner, county 4-H director, will be in charge.