he week all 4-H and FFA’ers have been looking forward to since last July is starting Friday.
The week all 4-H and FFA’ers have been looking forward to since last July is starting Friday. The Livingston County Fair is a place these 4-H and FFA participants can show off their exhibits, projects and/or animals they've been working hard on all year long in hopes of winning a blue ribbon and the chance to move onto the Missouri State Fair to compete at an even higher level. However, the fair is not just for youth in these organizations — it's for all of Livingston County to enjoy. Friday night, at 6:30, the annual Truck and Tractor Pull will start up the fair festivities' engine and will "vroom" well into the night. This annual event always draws a big crowd, according to co-chair person of the pull, Jackie Woodworth. The “S” in Saturday must stand for "shooting" because the day kicks off with the Archery Shoot, and the BB/Pellet and Small Bore Shoot will follow. Then "Shooting Saturday" will wrap up with the Cowboy Shooting event at the Beck home. A family friendly version of "Sunday Funday" will occur on the 13th with fun events like the baby contest, style show modeling, queen coronation, talent show, horse shows, Cowboy Sunday Service and horse games occurring that day, in that order, starting at 2 p.m. Instead of the talent show being during the week, it has moved to Sunday evening at 5:30. According to Suzi Beck, tabloid and booth chairman of the fair board, the date was changed in hopes that the crowd from the Queen contest would stay for the Talent show and then the Cowboy Preacher." Monday is ironically the longest day of the fair, and it's packed full with exhibit judging until about 9 p.m. However, Monday starts off with tails wagging at the dog show at 8 a.m. and then the broiler chicken show at 10 a.m. will surely be something to "cluck" about. Fishing at the Litton Pond will be happening about the same time as exhibit judging, so once exhibitors are done they can relax with some watermelon, friends and fishing until 8 p.m. The only event going on Tuesday is the poultry show at 12 noon in the North Barn. Wednesday will be the day rabbits and swine get to strut their stuff for the judges. The rabbit show is at 8 a.m. and the swine will show at 1 p.m. Your Wednesday will end on a "high note" if you're planning to stay for the first annual Country Jamboree, starting at 7 p.m. in the outdoor arena. David Beck, fair board president, says he expects the Jamboree to draw as many audience members as the Truck and Tractor Pull, if not more. Thursday will be a day everyone from all walks of life can enjoy. The sheep show will be at 8 a.m, followed by the goat show. Then, 4-H demonstrations / 4-H entrepreneurship market start in the Ag Education Building. Commercial Booths will be set up all evening from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. At 1 p.m. spectators can "moo" the competitors at the Dairy Show, with the Breeding Cattle Show and Feeder Calves to follow, and then the Steer Show at 3 p.m Thursday evening is full of fun events, including the ice cream social at 5 p.m. then the Super Teen Contest at 7:30 p.m. Last year, the Super Teen Contest had a record breaking number of participants. Julie Bothwell, head of the Super Teen contest committee, is expecting to break that record again this year. The final day, Friday, will start off right with a sausage and pancake breakfast, free to exhibitors, at 7 a.m. at the Shelter House. At 9 a.m. Clover Kids with be parading around their adorable animals with the Bucket Calf Show following at 10 a.m. An Appreciation Picnic will be thrown at 5:30 p.m. for supporters of the fair. The Market Animal Sale will start at 7 p.m. and the final slam of the auctioneers gavel will wrap up this year's fair festivities.