By SEAN ROWLEY
Preparations have begun for the display of cows, crafts, hogs and dogs during this weekend’s Cherokee County Fair, scheduled Wednesday through Saturday at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds, 16436 U.S. Highway 62.
Carl Wallace, director and 4-H educator for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Office, said the fair serves an important function for county residents.
“County fairs are intended to give area agriculturalists and craftspeople an opportunity to bring their projects to town, show them to the community and enter them in competitions,” he said. “They can help improve the quality of livestock, because people produce better animals to enter in the contests.”
About 900 exhibits are expected for the indoor fair, Wallace said.
He anticipates livestock entrants to include about 50 hogs, 40 lambs, 50 goats, 30 cattle, 100 birds, 50 rabbits and “25 to 30 dog and cat entries.”
On Wednesday, indoor exhibits - which include arts and crafts - are entered between noon and 6 p.m. in Barn 2. Thursday’s schedule includes the tractor-driving contest at 4:30 p.m., and the horse show begins at 5:30 p.m.
“Friday is a big night,” Wallace said. “We will have three or four jump houses set up for children. The turtle or terrapin race is moved to Friday and anyone can participate. That is also the night of the dog, cat, poultry and rabbit shows.”
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.
“4-H is a major part of the Cherokee County Fair, as is Future Farmers of America,” Wallace said. “Many members of these organizations place entries in county fairs.”
Saturday’s schedule includes many of the large livestock shows, including those for cattle, sheep and goats.
Wallace said there were many dedicated people working to set up the fair and make sure it runs smoothly.
“We all want to invite the community to the fair and see everything we have going on,” he said. “Kids are welcome to bring their dogs or cats and enter them in the shows, which will have a lot of fun categories. The fair is a fun time out for the family.”
For information about the Cherokee County Fair, call the Cherokee County Extension Office at (918) 456-6163.
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