The 2010 Barry County Fair will feature over 400 livestock entries. This year's event, which will include livestock shows, musical entertainment, a petting zoo and a premium dinner and auction, will be held at Gizmo's Event Center in Wheaton on Thursday, June 24, Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26.
"This year's event is bigger and more exciting than ever before," said Ernest Ray, Barry County Fair Board president. "We have over 400 livestock entries already, and we plan to offer a good event for the kids. They are the reason we do this."
The Barry County Fair will begin with dairy cattle and rabbit livestock shows at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Dairy goats and poultry will be shown at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Saturday will offer a full day of events. Beef cattle and horses will be shown at 9 a.m. The hog show will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the meat goats show will be held at 10 a.m. In the afternoon, sheep will be shown at 1 p.m., and the broiler show will begin at 2 p.m.
Registrations will be accepted until one hour before each show. Participants must pay a $4 entry fee for each event they plan to take part in.
On Saturday night, fair goers will have the opportunity to enjoy a free dinner before the premium sale. The dinner will be held at 5:45 p.m. and the sale will begin at 7 p.m.
"We decided that since Jim Fohn provides all of the meat for the meal we would just give the dinner to the public," said Ray. "We are hoping this inspires more people to stay and support the kids during the sale.
"Premium sale buyers will once again receive a photo of the animal and youth," said Ray. "The money raised during the auction will be given to the participant to help them with their livestock project."
In addition to offering a free meal this year, the Barry County Fair Board will host two new events. Youth will be able to enter mechanic and horticulture projects in the fair.
"We have also added a petting zoo for the children," said Ray, "and we will have hit and miss engines on display for the adults to view."
Gizmo's Event Center will host a bullriding competition at 8 p.m. on Thursday and a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) rodeo at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Corybel Country will offer musical entertainment before and after rodeo events each night.
"We really want people to come out and support the kids this year," said Ray. "These kids put a lot of work into their projects, and they deserve to have some recognition from the community."
Attendees should bring lawn chairs and dress according to the weather.
"It will likely be very hot that weekend," said Ray. "It usually is. There will be water and other concessions available at a concession area that has been added at the livestock barn."
Barry County Fair T-shirts will also be on sale during the event.
"We really want to thank the Barry County Scholarship Committee for all that they have done this year," said Ray. "They sponsored a heifer auction, and a portion of the funds raised during that event will help us pay premiums to winning participants."
The Barry County Fair Board includes: Ray; Tina Autry, vice president; Leonard Day, secretary; Kelly Mills, treasurer; Susan Harris, reporter; and Dave Harris, Jerry Thomas, Keith Parker, Laura Adkins, Mark Moller and Bobbie Jo Meeks, board members.