Plans are complete for the 2009 Barry County Fair. The revived event, set for its second consecutive year under the Barry County Fair Board, will be combined with a rodeo and held at Gizmo's Event Center at Highway 86 in Wheaton. Dates will be Thursday, June 25 through Saturday, June 28.
"Last year we had about 500 spectators and youth competitors at the livestock shows, and we anticipate many more this year since the fair is being held at Gizmo's Event Center, where Dale 'Gizmo' McCracken is holding rodeos each night of the fair," said Peggy Painter, board reporter.
Damage caused by high winds in May has been repaired, Painter reported. Work is on schedule to have the facilities ready for the fair.
Fundraising to support the event is continuing. Area 4-H and FFA members are presently selling tickets for a Charolais heifer donated to the fair by Jim Fohn and Larry Julian. The heifer has been displayed recently at Race Brothers in Monett.
"The Fair Board is grateful that so many businesses and individuals from around the county have been able to support the fair again this year, despite the recession," said Painter.
According to Ernest Ray, board president, fair booklets with entry forms are available at area feed stores.
"The Fair Board is still accepting late entries for the youth livestock shows and for the parade that will be held during the fair," said Ray.
The fair schedule calls for the dairy cattle show on June 25 along with the 4-H Achievement Day competition. The dairy goat and rabbit shows will be held on June 26. The parade will be held at 5 p.m. Both weeknight events will begin at 6 p.m.
On June 28, the beef cattle show will start at 8 a.m. Animals are scheduled to be checked in on Friday evening. The youth equine show will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The hog show will begin at 9 a.m., the meat goat show at 10 a.m., the sheep show at 1 p.m., the fancy chick show at 2 p.m. and the broiler chicken show at 3 p.m.
Saturday activities will also include a premium auction for 4-H and FFA members at 6 p.m. and a demonstration by ham radio operators beginning at noon. A hitch and draft horse driving demonstration will be offered by Mark Moller and others midway through the equine show.
Premiums will be paid to the winners. The entry fee after June 1 is $4 per head of cattle, goats, swine, sheep, fancy chickens and rabbits. Entry to the equine show is $20 per rider. The show is open to all area youth, regardless of whether they live in Barry County.
Concessions will be available. Exhibitors can also buy booth space for products and services. Information is available from the Fair Board at 417-342-2739. Entry forms can be mailed to the Fair Board at P.O. Box 331, Cassville MO 65625.