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Livestock Fair kicks off on Friday

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The pig show at the 2015 Livestock Fair. (Photo by Shawn Naranjo)

Farm kids in Chaves County will get the recognition they deserve when the weeklong Chaves County 4-H & FFA Fair 2018 kicks off.

The champion bull contest at the 2016 fair. (Bill Moffitt Photo)

The fair is a longtime tradition in Chaves County and begins Friday with home economics at 11 a.m. and general exhibits are due for judging at 12:30 p.m.

The theme for this year’s fair is “The Future is Now.”

The fair is free and open to the public.

A scene from past Livestock Fairs. A girl and her floppy-eared friend at the dog show. (File Photo)

The objective of the fair is to develop leadership, initiative, self-reliance, sportsmanship and other desirable traits of character.

Mike Pearce, a fair director in charge of public relations, said that the young people who participate in the fair learn a lot about the business of agriculture.

“These kids find out you have to put up money to win money, you just can’t pick out any animal in the herd,” he said. “They have to groom and wash these animals and take care of them.”

The kids who do the indoor exhibits also spend a lot of their time and money on their projects, whether it be making quilts, sweaters or pencil projects.

Exhibitors must fit into these age groups:

• Cloverbuds: 5 to 8.

• Novice: 9 to 11.

• Juniors: 12 to 13.

• Seniors: 14 to 18.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are participating:

• Exhibitors must be enrolled in the 4-H or FFA project in which they wish to participate.

• Awards can be withheld from members with unsportsman-like conduct. The fair board will have the final decision.

• All precautions will be taken, but the Fair Board will not be held responsible for loss or damage to exhibits.

Here’s an overview of the schedule:

A scene from past Livestock Fairs. Can you say ba-a-a-a? The market lambs strut their stuff. (File Photo)

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Horse Show will be held at Bob Crosby Arena next to the fairgrounds.

In conjunction with the horse show, the Janet Randeau Memorial Open Horse Show is open to all and will follow the class schedule of the Chaves County 4-H & FFA Fair Horse Show.

More details are in the article below.

On Monday from 6 a.m. to noon, all livestock is due at the fairgrounds. This includes rabbits, poultry, market lamb, meat goats, market steers and dairy heifers. Larger animals must be weighed and classified and there are pregnancy tests for the dairy heifers.

A scene from past Livestock Fairs. Goats and kiddos galore. (File Photo)

The pet show begins at 3 p.m. Followed by the dog show at 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, the day begins with the swine show at 8 a.m. The meat goat show starts at 1:30 p.m., the dairy goat show is at 3 p.m. and the rodeo is at 7 p.m.

Wednesday kicks off at 8 a.m. with breeding sheep followed by market lambs. The poultry showmanship begins at 2 p.m. followed by the poultry judging.

The dairy heifer show begins at 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, the heifer show begins at 8 a.m. followed by the steer show. All pulls are due by noon. At 1:30 p.m. is the AG Olympics. The wool lead and fashion extravaganza are at 4 p.m.

On Friday, the junior livestock show will be held at 7 p.m. This is the conclusion of the fair.

On Saturday at 8 a.m., all the animals will be released and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. the inside exhibits will be released.

For more information, call Chaves County Extension Services at 575-622-3210.

Vistas editor Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com.