Fair Launches Tomorrow

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A new category has been added to this year’s open class exhibits in an effort to create more interest and participation in the Benewah County Fair.

The category, titled Pinterest Inspired, is based on a popular website where people share ideas in the form of pictures. The idea is for local people to enter items they’ve created that have been inspired by projects shared on the website.

Organizers hope the new class will inspire more people to become involved in the fair. A few years ago an antler shed class and last year an archery competition was added for the same purpose. Those activities along with all the traditional open class categories will be available again this year.

RJ Schwanz gets his steer, King, ready for the Benewah County Fair this week. The Junior Show and Sale is  Saturday morning.

RJ Schwanz gets his steer, King, ready for the Benewah County Fair this week. The Junior Show and Sale is Saturday morning.

“Our 4-H participation continues to hold steady,” said Nancy Malensky, the Junior Show and Sale Chairman. “It is our open class participation attendance that continues to dwindle.”

In their effort to bring in a bigger crowd, Rotary’s Family Fun Day events will be also be held at the fairgrounds over the weekend.

“We want to encourage the public to attend and maybe inspire them without our open classes to participate next year.”

Ms. Malensky said she expects the Junior Show and Sale, one of the best attended events at the fair, to do well again this year.

More than 126 animals will be shown in the barn this year, including 70 pigs, 11 steers, seven sheep, four goats, two pens of chickens and turkeys, 13 rabbits and 21 pet chickens.

“I cannot see any reason why it won’t be at least as good as last year,” Ms. Malensky said. “We are prepared and so are the children. We have a very enthusiastic group of volunteers and everybody’s in it for the children. When you have a good group of people it just seems to flow well.”

The junior show market animal sale begins Saturday morning shortly followed by the family fun day events.

“We never know until Saturday about how many buyers are going to show up at the sale,” she said. “With the price of meat so high right now we are encouraging people to come buy our animals.”

Other popular events include the animal dress up contest at 6 p.m. Saturday and the Cow Patty Bingo at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

All open class exhibits had to be entered between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 12) and will be judged today (Wednesday). All livestock are to be entered between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. today. All exhibits are released between 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday.

Registration forms and additional information is available in the fair book, which can be found at Triple X.

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