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September 12, 2013

County fair kicks off with exhibit entries

TAHLEQUAH — Opening with the entry of its indoor displays, the Cherokee County Fair officially kicked off Wednesday at noon to begin its four-day schedule.

The fair runs through Saturday at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds, 16436 U.S. Highway 62.

“I enjoy displaying at the fair,” said Carolyn Parnell, who entered holiday decorations for her exhibit in Barn 2. “It is always interesting to see what other people have entered and see their talents and skills. There is a lot of fellowship.”

Submissions for the indoor exhibit competitions included arts and crafts, home-canned fruits and vegetables, and floral arrangements.

Mildred Fain, setting the display with Parnell, has been visiting the fair for 18 years.

“Often, we don’t get to see members of the other [4-H] clubs the rest of the year,” said Fain, who belongs to the Aprons and Lace club. “It is always interesting each year to see what the judges are looking for.”

Yvonne Moss, a longtime participant in the Cherokee County Fair, was present to enter her crafts.

“I’ve been coming to the fair since my children were in 4-H,” she said. “I put my children and my grandchildren through 4-H, and in 1999 I joined the Woodall Oklahoma Home and Community Education Club. How long is that?”

Moss enjoys seeing what’s on display in the other exhibits.

“I like to see the competition. I can already see I’m probably not going to win a blue ribbon this year,” she said, smiling.

Kittie McBrayer and her daughter Caitlyn, a 4-H member, were on hand to set up a display of arts and crafts.

“Putting up an exhibit is one way to help get word out about the [Home and Community Club] and the [Cherokee County Oklahoma State University] Extension office,” McBrayer said. “I think some people don’t realize what these organizations do. They believe it is all about agriculture, but it is so much more than that now.”

The fair continues Thursday with the tractor driving contest at 4:30 p.m., and the horse show begins at 5:30 p.m.

Friday’s schedule includes the terrapin race and the dog, cat, poultry and rabbit shows. Jump houses will also be available for children.

The Cherokee County 4-H Steak Dinner Fundraiser is also Friday, running 5-8 p.m. The meal includes Angus sirloin steak, a baked potato, salad and a drink. Tickets are $10 each.

Saturday’s schedule includes the large livestock shows, including cattle, sheep and goats.

For information about the Cherokee County Fair, call the Cherokee County Oklahoma State University Extension Office at (918) 456-6163.

-- srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com

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