is this week
The Idaho County Fair opened to the public at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 20 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Earlier in the week the Fashion Show judging was held.
The 4-H Rabbit Show was held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Vernon Agee Pavilion.
Starting at 9 a.m. open class exhibits were being entered. Also starting at 9 a.m. the 4-H Family Consumer Science and Specialty Projects were entered.
At 11 a.m. the 4-H Poultry Show will be held at the Vernon Agee Pavilion.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the 4-H building will be closed for judging of exhibits. It will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. and then closed again from 6 to 9 p.m.
At 1 p.m. the 4-H Dog Show will be held at the Vernon Agee Pavilion.
From 1 to 6 p.m. the Open Class building will be closed so that those exhibits can be judged.
At 1:30 p.m. the Pigtail Contest will be held in the Arena Building.
From 3 to 9 p.m. 4-H livestock will be entered and weighed.
The day caps off with the 4-H Fashion Show which starts at 7 p.m. in the Arena Building.
On Thursday, August 21 the day starts at 8:30 a.m. with the Livestock Judging Contest at the Vernon Agee Pavilion. As soon as that finishes the 4-H Fitting & Shown Livestock Contest will start and continue through the day.
From 5 to 7 p.m. the Idaho & Lewis County Cattlemen will hold their Beef Barbecue at the Cabana in the City Park, across the street from the Fairgrounds.
At 7 p.m. Thursday evening is a new event, the Two-Minute Talent Show. It will be held in the Schmidt Building.
Friday, August 22 starts with the 4-H Livestock Quality Judging from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Vernon Agee Pavilion. After a break for lunch the judging will continue at 1 p.m. until finished.
At 2 p.m. the Championship 4-H Horse Fitting and Showing Contest will be held. At the conclusion of all livestock judging, the 4-H Showmanship Round Robin Contest will be held.
From 4 to 7 p.m. the Prairie Booster Club will have their Potato Bar with all the trimmings at the City Park Cabana.
At 7 p.m. attention turns back to the Arena Building for the Royalty Evening and introduction of the 2009 royalty candidates.
At 8:30 p.m. the 2009 Fair Royalty will be crowned.
Following, from 8:30 to 10:30 the annual 4-H Green Swing Dance will be held at the Agee Pavilion. It is sponsored by the 4-H Ambassadors.
On Saturday, August 23 there will be a new event. Starting at 9 a.m. will be the Horizons Dutch Oven Cooking Contest. Judging will take place at 12:30 p.m.
At 11 a.m. the action moves to downtown Cottonwood for the Idaho County Fair Parade and Kiddies Parade. The main parade will start at the Elementary School, wind through the hospital parking lot so the patients can see the parade and then make its way downtown.
At noon there will be a visiting Royalty Luncheon at the Prairie Middle School cafeteria which will be put on by the Cottonwood Riding Club.
At 1 p.m. 4-H awards will be handed out at the Vernon Agee Pavilion with the 4-H Market Livestock Sale starting at the same venue at 2 p.m.
Also at 2 p.m. will be the 4-H Bake-Off Contest at the Schmidt Building.
At 3:30 p.m. the exhibit buildings will all be closed to prepare for checkout and from 4 to 6 p.m. all exhibits may be checked out.
Also all during the Fair there will be craft and food booths in the midway area and there will be live music at the gazebo.
270 animals this year
This year there are 270 4-H animals with 60 steers, 106 hogs and 104 sheep.
This is 15 more than last year with 15 more steers and 12 more sheep although there will be 12 fewer hogs.
The annual 4-H Stock Sale will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.
There are also several goats, dairy cattle, rabbits and poultry 4-H projects that will be entered that will not be part of the sale.
What's new at the Fair this year
There are few new things at the Fairgrounds this year.
The first one youíll see as you enter the Fairgrounds is the information kiosk next to the Arena Building. This two-sided bulletin board will feature information on the dayís events and will be updated each day of the Fair.
Just beyond that in the steer pen is a new steer tie-up shelter.
This year they have also added another 40 electrical and water hook-ups for RVís and campers.
Also the Arena Building got a new coat of paint and a couple of other buildings got a new coat of paint on the front with what was left over from the Arena Building.