Tahlequah Daily Press

September 18, 2013

Extension office pleased with fair turnout

By SEAN ROWLEY
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — For those who organized it, the 2013 Cherokee County Fair was another successful celebration of excellence in agriculture among local farmers, ranchers and craftspeople.

The fair, held at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds, featured livestock shows, a tractor driving contest and an indoor arts and crafts exhibit with hundreds of entries.

“We had great weather,” said Heather Winn, family consumer science educator for the Cherokee County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. “The fair entries were of excellent quality and people were excited about their exhibits. One of our members visited Go Ye Village and we received several entries from there, as well as from local clubs.”

Winn said Friday is usually the busiest night of the county fair, and estimated an attendance of 300-400 on the evening.

On Friday, the Cherokee County 4-H held its Steak Dinner Fundraiser, at which patrons were treated to portions of Angus sirloin.

“We ordered 250 steaks for the dinner and sold nearly all of them,” Winn said. “The next day, we offered steak sandwiches at the concession stand and were able to sell the rest.”

Final figures were not available Tuesday afternoon, but Extension staff said the dinner raised “a few thousand dollars.”

Jody Vick, Extension program assistant, said the dinner is the biggest 4-H fundraiser of the year, and that proceeds provide member sponsorships for activities.

“If there is a leadership conference that costs $150 for our kids to attend, we can let them go for $20 or $30 and we pay the difference,” she said. “If a family has two or three kids in 4-H, that can save a lot of stress.”

Friday also featured the terrapin race and the dog, cat, poultry and rabbit shows.

“The turtle race is absolutely my favorite,” said Jody Vick, Extension program assistant and supervisor of the race.

“They don’t run in a line. They are under a box that is placed at the middle of a circle. You lift the box and let them run. First one to the circle wins, though some never even come out of their shells.”

Thursday featured the horse show, and Saturday included livestock shows for cattle, sheep and goats.

“This is the first livestock show for the fall season for the kids,” Winn said. “This gets them ready for the state fair in Tulsa and the Oklahoma State Fair and more shows to come.”

The fair is organized by the Cherokee County Fair Board, the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

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The Tahlequah Daily Press will publish the entire list of winners in the coming weeks. for information about the fair, call (918) 456-6163.

-- srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com