is this week
Welcome to the Idaho County Fair, which runs from Wednesday, Aug. 18 through Saturday, Aug. 21.
Before you see the exhibits at the fair, much behind the scene work has gone on.
4-H club members have spent the year working on various projects from cattle, sheep, swine, horses, chickens, rabbits, and various homemaker projects such as sewing, fashions, cooking and table setting.
Work has been done at the fair grounds to clean up and paint the buildings, spruce-up the area, put out tables and benches.
The 4-H Fashion Board decorated the Arena Building for the Wednesday evening fashion show with the theme “Hollywood Stars.”
Wednesday, Aug. 18, starts in the morning at 8:30 a.m. with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to open the fair.
From 9-11 a.m. is the judging of rabbits and poultry. Also this is the time to enter the Open class and to enter 4-H Home Economics and 4-H Misc. projects in the 4-H building.
From 11-4 p.m. 4-H entries will be judged. From 1-6 p.m. the Open Class entries will be judged. When judging is being done the buildings are closed to the Public.
At 1:30 p.m. is the very popular Pigtail Contest in the Arena Building where young ladies are judged for longest, widest, most unusual and other events.
Smokey Bear will be celebrating his 60th Birthday at 2:30 p.m.
The big event for the evening is the 7 p.m. fashion show and the presentation of the 4-H Home Economic awards. The show is in the arena building.
Thursday starts with 9 to noon 4-H Fitting and Showing Livestock Contest in the Agee Livestock Pavillion. At 1 p.m. the event continues until finished.
From 5-7 p.m. there is the Idaho, Lewis Cattlemen’s Beef Barbecue in the city park.
The event from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. is the 4-H Green Swing Dance sponsored by the 4-H Ambassadors in the Agee Pavillion with Specialty awards presented. At 7 p.m. the Grangeville Blue Grass Co. will be playing in the Arena Building.
Friday starts off at 8:30 a.m. to noon with 4-H Livestock quality Judging in the Agee Livestock Pavillion. The showing restarts at 1:00 p.m. until finished.
The Championship Horse Fitting and Showing is at 2 p.m. on the fair grounds following with the Champion 4-H Showmanship Contest at the conclusion of all Livestock judging.
A Potato Bar with all the trimmings is being offered by the Prairie Booster Club in the park from 4-7 p.m.
The evening events start at 7:00 p.m. for the royalty evening with the introduction of the present royalty and the candidates for 2005. The present royalty will be presenting a show with the new 2005 royalty being announced at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, the last day of the fair, starts with the Kiddie Parade at 10:30 a.m. on Main street followed by the main parade at 11 a.m.
Back at the fair grounds at 1 p.m. 4-H awards and trophies are presented in the arena building.
At 2 p.m. in the Agee Livestock building the Fat Stock sale gets underway.
At 3:30 p.m. the exhibit building close with check out from 4-6 p.m.
During the fair there will be live music in the Gazebo.
And so another Idaho County Fair ends and some came in first. Other second or third, but is hoped all had a good time ad we all have memories to take home.
Hinkelmans are grand marshals
Clark and Eleanor Hinkleman, life long residents for Greencreek, are the 2004 Idaho County Fair Marshals.
Clark has been an active leader in the fair and with the Greencreek Active Workers 4-H Club as a leader.
He also has worked as a volunteer through the Cottonwood Lion’s Club at the Idaho County Farm-Ranch Museum which is on the fair grounds and open during the fair.
Clark added that Frank Arnze and Joe Riener were both part of the early day fairs.
Clark Remembers setting up fencing and gates for some of the fair which were downtown Cottonwood, also some of the torch light parades.
Eleanor has entered quilts and afghans at the fair for many years. Her father, John C. Schmidt, served as grand marshal of the Idaho County Fair for in 1973.
Their children Lindy, Cindy, Kelly, June and Aaron, and now, grandchildren, have been involved with entries at the fair and bringing home many blue and purple ribbons.
Their granddaughter, Brittny Behler, is first princess for the 2004 Idaho County Fair.
“We feel very honored to represent the people at this year’s fair,” the Hinkelmans agreed.