DOVER The 161st annual Tuscarawas County Fair, advertised as the Best Seven Days in September, will be Sept. 19-25 at the fairgrounds in Dover.
The 2011 junior fair schedule has not changed too much from previous years. Monday will continue to be sheep and poultry day, Tuesday swine day and western horse day, Wednesday, beef day, Thursday goat and English horse day, and Friday is dairy day.
Although other events are on the schedule for these days, certain 4-H events are being featured each day.
The Junior Fair King and Queen Contest will take place Sunday night, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the main show arena.
After the king and queen contest there will be a 4-H recognition program. First place project plaques will be presented to 4-Hers in the miscellaneous and FCS projects.
Chris Zoller, Ohio State Extension educator, noted there are currently 58 4-H clubs with 934 members and 90 Cloverbuds, for a total membership of 1,124. In addition, 210 advisors work with the youth in their projects.
Zoller said the livestock numbers are up in nearly every species.
The biggest increases include 280 hogs (20 more than for 2010), 27 turkeys (20 more) and pygmy goats (nine more), he said.
Other 4-H numbers include: 85 steers, 21 beef feeders, 35 sheep,71 broilers, 47 pet rabbits, 52 breeding rabbits, 20 market rabbits, 80 dairy calves, 21 dairy cows, and 42 market goats.
We have an excellent group of Junior Fair Board members who have been working for some time in preparation for the fair, Zoller concluded.
Barb Airgood, 4-H program assistant, said, This is the first year for our market turkey project. They will be exhibited in a tent located by the Junior Fair dairy barn. The turkeys will be judged in the tent as part of the Monday poultry show.
Airgood said this is also the first year for the Utility Goat project. They will be judged Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the main show arena.
New bleachers were constructed in the livestock arena by GorCon and the market livestock committee with funds from a Reeves Foundation grant and donations, Airgood noted.
The sale order for the Thursday large animal auction is steers, hogs and lambs. It will be held in the main arena.
The small animal sale of poultry broilers, market goats and met pen rabbits will be Saturday at 3 p.m. in the main arena. Sale order is broilers, market goats, turkeys and meat pen rabbits. Their sale item is a wooden barrel planter and wagon.
The dairy product sale will be held Friday, following the 4-H dairy show. All the 4-H dairy exhibitors will assist with the sale. Sale wooden product is a trash bin.
Grandstand entertainment will include tough truck, Monday; Motocross, Tuesday; Joe Nichols, Wednesday; River Valley Antique Tractor Pullers and Ohio Mod Rod Pull, Thursday; OSTPA sanctioned and non-sanctioned truck and tractor pull, Friday and Saturday nights; and demolition derby, Sunday.
Admission to the fair is $50, ages 3 and up (not including rides or parking); $3, senior citizens (60 years and up); $2, Community Family Day on Thursday only (not including rides or parking); and $5, parking while on the fairgrounds only.
Memberships (Tuscarawas County residents only) and Season passes include: Four admissions (not including rides or parking), $15; or seven admissions (not including rides or parking), $25.
Patty Arth, fair board secretary, said the Tuscarawas County Fair books, with complete schedules on open class and 4-H events are available at her office.