ENTERPRISE Summer Days, Country Ways, is the theme of the 2012 Wallowa County Fair, which opens this weekend.
Competition at the 4-H Dog Show starts off the fair Saturday morning, Aug, 4. The fair will continue through Saturday, Aug. 11, when it will culminate with the big 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction.
Adult and junior gardeners, collectors, crafters, bakers, knitters, quilters and other talented exhibitors will also have a chance to enter the products of their labor Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 6 and 7, in the Open Class Show at Cloverleaf Hall, which will be open to the public most of the week
The fair will officially get under way Saturday, when dog obedience, showmanship and other classes start at 9 a.m. and continue into the afternoon.
The 4-H Horse Show starts Sunday, Aug. 5, when classes begin at 1:30 p.m. and conclude with the grand champion showman class at 6 p.m. Horse classes continue through Tuesday, concluding with gaming events at 3 p.m. and an awards program at 7 p.m.
4-H/FFA livestock exhibitors will bring their animals to the fair Wednesday, Aug. 8, when weigh-ins will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The livestock show will start with market animal conformation classes at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, and continue through Aug. 11, when the livestock sale will conclude the fair.
Representing 4-H throughout the county this year are the 2010-11 Wallowa County 4-H Court of Marli Tracy, Ashley Campbell and Emma Carlsen. (See separate story.) Their successors will be announced at the 4-H/FFA awards program on the last day of the fair.
The final day will also feature the Joseph Junior Rodeo, a wool and fiber show, games on the grass, an FFA barbecue and the stock auction.
Open class exhibits, open to all ages, should be entered at Cloverleaf Hall early next week. Non-perishable exhibits will be accepted from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 6, while perishable entries should be entered at the back of the hall from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Fair organizers encourage residents to become involved in the fair by entering flowers, garden produce, cookies, cakes, preserved foods, collections, art work, afghans, ceramics, photographs and other exhibits in the open class show.
To be in contention for the Homemaker of the Fair title and a $50 cash prize, interested persons must register for the contest, and enter exhibits in the flowers, baked foods, food preservation and Textiles divisions.
Cloverleaf will be open for public viewing every day at 10 a.m. starting Wednesday, Aug. 8, and continuing through Aug. 11; it closes at 7 p.m. each day until the last day of the fair when it shuts down for good at 2:30 p.m.
A new Planter Contest this year has the goal of beautifying the fairground. Gardeners of the county are encouraged to plant and extra planter with flowers. Deliver planters from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 8, and they will be displayed around the grassy area around the food booth. The contest will be judged by peoples choice vote, and there will be awards for the top three planters.
The 2011 Wallowa County Fair Book for open class, 4-H and FFA classes was inserted in the Wallowa County Chieftain and is available on-line at the Wallowa County Extension website at extension.oregonstate.edu/ wallowa (click on 4-H Youth, then County Fair and then 2010 Wallowa County Fair Book). Copies are also available at the Wallowa County Extension Office. For more information: 541-426-3143.