Bourbon County fair starts next week

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Northeast Scott 4-Her Cassidy Westhoff talks with judges Monday morning during the clothing judging competition in advance of next week's Bourbon County Fair. Westhoff was participating in the Level III Dress-up Outfit category. The winners from all categories, including the clothing construction competitions, will be announced at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 28, in the Round Room at Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton.(Michael Pommier/Tribune)

The Bourbon County Fair, scheduled to take place July 23-30, promises to offer everything from animal exhibits and judging contests, to arts and crafts, food and live entertainment.

Bourbon County 4-H and Agriculture Extension Agent of the Southwind District Delta George said exhibits will be lined up each day Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29. Set-up begins Saturday, July 23 with events starting that evening and taking place each day and evening that week through July 29.

George said the week will include livestock shows, a 4-H fashion revue, a junior livestock sale, a bake sale, open- class exhibits and a round-robin showmanship competition, just to name a few. The fair will include animals of all types, "from rabbits to horses to chickens to goats."

Pawnee 4-H member Dacey Simpson models her outfit for a judge Monday morning during the clothing judging competition. Simpson was participating in the Level III Dress-up Outfit category. The winners from all categories, including the clothing construction competitions, will be announced at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 28, in the Round Room at Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton. (Michael Pommier/Tribune)

A new event this year, set to take place at 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, is the Barnyard Olympics. The event will feature four-member teams with each member being paired with an area businessperson to participate in old-fashioned barnyard games and contests using equipment typically found in a barn.

George said the purpose of this new event is to get other community members involved in fair happenings.

The fair will also include a concert featuring Redhead Express, which will perform a country-western music show at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College campus, 2108 S. Horton.

Pawnee 4-H member Lily Zimmerman smiles as she models her outfit for a judge Monday morning during the clothing judging competition. Zimmerman was participating in the Level III Dress-up Outfit category. (Michael Pommier/Tribune)

The fair is the culmination of a year's worth of work for area 4-H youth who are preparing animals for judging and possible sale, George said.

"People can expect to see a lot of 4-Hers having a good time and see projects they've worked hard on that they've been getting ready to exhibit," she said. "It's the highlight of their year."

The Bourbon County Fair Board, a group of volunteers from the community, spends several months organizing the fair. The local extension office is involved with 4-H youth development activities for the fair.

"It's something that takes a lot of time ahead to get everything organized," George said.

Fair-goers will be able to view animal exhibits, as well as partake of a variety of food and drinks and free health screenings.