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The Fillmore County Fair brought the heat

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Fillmore County Fair

4-H member Hope Morrison shows her cow during the Dairy & General Livestock Judging Contest at the 2014 Fillmore County Fair. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The 2014 Fillmore County Fair began on Monday, July 21, which happened to be the hottest day of the summer so far with temperatures approaching 90 degrees and high humidity. The first day of the fair brought 4-H groups in for a General Project Day with dedicated members working hard despite the heat.

Throughout the 4-H building were the results of many hours of work by some very talented people. Fruits such as apples and raspberries, vegetables including carrots, broccoli, green beans, and so much more lined table after table.

Handmade quilts, rugs, and jewelry were only a few of the useful and beautiful items on display in the building. Many people showed their artistic side by entering photographs. Flower gardeners highlighted their talents with stunning plants and blooms of all types. These are only a small sampling of the achievements that were sitting on the shelves and hanging on the walls.

4-H members were also busy on Tuesday with horse training, a horse pleasure show, and poultry show. It was then time for the General Livestock Judging Contest followed by a Dairy & General Livestock Judging Contest.

There was quite a bit of activity in the livestock buildings as owners got their animals prepped and ready for judging. Hope Morrison confidently walked her cow around in a circle in front of the judge along with other 4-H members and hoped for the best.

Gavin Janssen, 10, was excited about receiving his Reserve Champion ribbon for waterfowl as clucking and quacking could be heard in the background. Friends and family sitting in the bleachers congratulated the winners as they were announced and everyone appreciated the hard work of all the 4-H members who participated.

The Grandstand saw its first activity of the 155th annual Fillmore County Fair on Tuesday evening with people gathering together for Church Night. With the evening bringing some relief from the heat.

The big attraction for kids at the fair are the rides and there were several to choose from. The “Jitter” made riders do just that and the “Fanny Fever,” which is a huge slide, was surely a favorite of the younger kids.

Snacks, drinks, and food of all kinds could be found all around the fairgrounds. The 4-H Food Stand served a great meal with plenty of tables for seating. Pork burgers were available by the Fillmore County Pork Producers and friendly people like Doug Otto and Dan Schmidt served them up hot.

4-H members Kassidy Broadwater, 12, Kelsey Berg, 15, Kenzie Broadwater, 15, Bailey Barnes, 15, and Kammry Broadwater, 8, had fun while working together selling snacks and drinks. The Fillmore County Dairy Producers Malt Wagon had several flavors of malts to help cool down on the hot and humid days and smoothies were available at the smoothie stand.

Mexican food by The Taco King included tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Adventurous eaters stopped by Black Beast Concessions for a taste of Louisiana alligator.

As the fair was still in progress as the Fillmore County Journal went to press more information will be in next week’s edition.

To view photos of the 2014 Fillmore County Fair go to facebook/fillmorecountyjournal.

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