County Fair Kicks Off Thursday

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Steers, hogs, chickens, rabbits, sheep and other critters will make an appearance at the Benewah County Fair this week. The fair starts tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 18, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 21.

Fairgoers are sure to find something that delights them as an array of projects – both indoor and outdoor – will be on display. Not to mention this year’s theme is Stars and Stripes and Fair Delights.

Sean and Brenna Elliott will exhibit their pigs this week at the Benewah County Fair. This is Brenna's first year showing pig; it is her brother's fifth year. Sean will also show his steer. They said they've enjoyed the projects from training to bathing. Both pigs gained weight well, they said.

Sean and Brenna Elliott will exhibit their pigs this week at the Benewah County Fair. This is Brenna’s first year showing pig; it is her brother’s fifth year. Sean will also show his steer. They said they’ve enjoyed the projects from training to bathing. Both pigs gained weight well, they said.

Many 4-H students will be showing animals throughout the week with the goal of selling their stock to the highest bidder Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Junior Show Market Animal Sale. A buyer’s appreciation breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. before the sale. The menu includes biscuits and gravy and will be served by the Junior Show committee and participants.

The sale itself starts at 10 a.m. This is a great time for anyone looking to put meat in their freezer to come out and support the 4-H participants.

“The whole community comes together to support these kids,” Nancy Malensky said.

There will be 16 steers up for sale, 72 hogs, four chickens, one rabbit, five goats and seven sheep.

“The steer numbers really increased this year,” she said. “We’ve moved them down to the Judd Building and rebuilt the lean-to and will be showing them down there.”

Several other improvements have also been made, she added, due to great support from members of the community.

“We put concrete down in both the sheep and goat barn and there is a new permanent structure outside the building to cover the picnic tables,” Mrs. Malensky said. “It’s amazing what we can accomplish thanks to the work of volunteers and donations.”

In addition to the livestock show and sale, there will be an array of indoor exhibits. From horticulture to baking, to photography to sewing, a variety of projects by both 4-H members and the community will be on display in the various buildings throughout the week. Additional contests are also planned.

Benewah County 4-H’s 6th Annual Pie Contest is Saturday, Aug. 20. Pies should be entered between 12:30 and 2 p.m. at the gazebo. Awards are announced at 3 p.m. and pies will then be auctioned off. There are three categories: fruit and berry, cream, and other. First, second and third place ribbons are awarded in each category as well as Best of Show.

Another type of pie will pick the winner of a $500 prize. Cow Patty Bingo is at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. For $10, you can purchase a square on the grid for a chance to win. Proceeds benefit Benewah County 4-H. Tickets may be purchased at the fair.

The St. Maries Fire Department will do a fire safety demonstration in the arena at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Also, Kiwanis will cook breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Finally, throughout the week, for a small fee, the largest 4-H group, Dead Eye Archery, will give fairgoers a chance to try their hand at shooting a bow. Several fun targets are expected.

Buildings and exhibits will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Then, on Sunday, the fair will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2016 Benewah County Fair Schedule

Thursday, August 18

7:30AM Junior Show Participants meet with judge

8 to 11AM Junior Show Swine Fitting and Showing

11:30AM Junior Show Final Round of Swine Fitting and Showing

Noon to 1PM Junior Show Market Lamp and Meat Goat Quality followed by open classes

1 to 3PM Poultry and Rabbit Fitting and Showing followed by quality judging in the pen

3 to 3:30PM PeeWee Swine Showing

4 to 6PM Junior Show Market Beef Fitting and Showing followed by Dairy and open classes

Friday, August 19

8 to 11AM Junior Show Swine Quality followed by open classes

11 to 11:30AM Lunch Break

11:30 to 12:15PM Junior Show Sheep Fitting and Showing

12:15 to 2:30PM Junior Show Goat Fitting and Showing. Junior Show Dairy Goat Quality, Pet Pack and Breeding followed by open classes

3 to 5:30PM Junior Show Bee Quality Judging

5:30 to 6PM Animal Dress Up Contest

6PM ADG Awards

6PM Community band performs

6:15 to 8:15PM Round Robin

Saturday, August 20

8 to 10AM Buyer’s Appreciation Breakfast

10AM Junior Show Market Animal Sale

10AM to 1PM Enter pies for Pie Contest

2PM Fire Department Safety Demonstration in the Arena

2PM Pie Judging Begins

3PM Pie Auction Begins

Sunday, August 21

7 to 11AM Kiwanis Breakfast

11AM Cow Patty Bingo

11:30AM Dick Frost the Magician

3 to 6PM All exhibits released

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