Fair time has arrived!

Thursday, July 8, 2021
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This year’s goat competition is set for Friday, July 16, at 8 a.m. (SCN file photo)

Sunday morning at 9 a.m. will launch the 2021 Stillwater County 4-H Fair as the horse/mini horse competition at Keyser Creek Arena begins.

Make sure not to miss all the fun and hard work on display throughout all next week at the fairgrounds as approximately 200 local 4-H kids show the end products of a year’s work in various projects.

“This is just a snapshot,” said Stillwater Extension Agent Lee Schmelzer.

Most of the participants compete in multiple categories with multiple animals and will endure sweltering heat to show their goats, sheep, pigs, cows, dogs, cats, poultry (yes, it’s called poultry), photography, building, sewing and shooting skills in what is the largest county event that draws residents from every community.

As always, the Stillwater Extension Office will run the entire show with its small but impressive staff of three, comprised of Schmelzer Agent Haley Barker and administrative assistant TyLee Murphy.

Schmelzer is quick to give credit to an outpouring of community support, a mostly-volunteer crew of 35 judges and no fewer than 130 volunteers that make the fair possible.

“Without all of the support, the fair would not be possible,” said Schmelzer.

Back again this year is the wildly popular pig wrestling event, set for Friday at 6 p.m. Teams of four can register by Thursday evening, July 15, at the Stillwater County Extension Office or fair office or by going to the this website: https://www.stillwatercountymt.gov/wp-content/uploads/Registration-form.pdf.

All proceeds go toward Stillwater County 4-H Leaders Council to help pay for kids to attend 4-H events.

“It’s going to be a great event, and we are so excited to have it back again,” said Barker.

Food trucks will be on-site daily including the Spicy Cow, the Cowboys and the Hangry Hero and Heidi’s Coffee Cabin. The Cowboys will serve breakfast on Monday morning, and various 4-H clubs will serve breakfast the remainder of mornings. The fair will wrap-up Saturday, July 17, with a silent auction at 4 p.m.

ABOUT 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

The 4-H and Youth Development program consists of school enrichment programs and youth-related community boards and events. In Stillwater County, 4-H approximately 200 youth members and 50 volunteer leaders comprise 10 organized clubs.

STILLWATER COUNTY 4-H FAIR SCHEDULE

SUNDAY - JULY 11

•9 a.m.: Horse/Mini Horse show at Keyser Creek Arena

MONDAY - JULY 12

•7:30 a.m.: Dog show — obedience and showmanship

•1 pm.: Interviews for all projects

•5 pm.: Open class judging

•6 pm.: Carcass Contest at Stillwater Packing Co

TUESDAY - JULY 13

•7:30 a.m.: Dog Show — agility and rally

•11 a.m.: Cat Show

•1 pm.: Poultry Show

•Small animal round robin following 30 minutes after Poultry Show

WEDNESDAY - JULY 14

•9 a.m.: Beef Show — market, breeding, and showmanship

•3:30 pm.: Shooting Sports Competition

THURSDAY - JULY 15

•8 a.m.: Swine Show — market, breeding, showmanship, obstacle course

•10 a.m.: Silent Auction

•5 pm.: Peewee Showmanship

•6 pm.: Adult Showmanship

•8 pm.: Teen Leader Dance, open to the public

FRIDAY - JULY 16

•8 a.m.: Goat and Sheep Show

•1 pm.: Alpaca Show

•4 pm.: Fitting Contest

•6 pm.: Pig Wrestling

SATURDAY - JULY 17

•9 a.m.: Round Robin

•11:30 a.m.: Buyers and Exhibitor Lunch

•12:30 pm.: Senior Recognition and Awards

•1 pm.: Market Livestock Sale

•4 pm.: Silent Auction Closed