Fair season

The 2019 edition of the McClain County Free Fair will run September 3-7 at the McClain County Fairgrounds. The exposition will have something for everyone.

Fair time is 26 days and counting.

But the first entry deadline is fast approaching at August 15.

Dairy goats must be pre-entered by that date “to ensure we have enough for a judge,” according to this year’s premium book for the McClain County Fair.

All exhibitors must pre-register by August 26. Registration forms are available from Ag-Ed teachers, the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Office or online at www.mcclaincountyfair.com.

This year’s exposition is billed as “The Greatest Show – 2019!”

The fair will run September 3 through 7.

Exhibitors will be competing for increased premiums this year.

Cattle, swine, market goats, dairy goats and sheep payouts will be $75 for first place, $60 for second, $45 for third, $30 for fourth and $15 for fifth.

Breed champions will take home $50 while reserve champion will pay $25.

Premiums for grand, reserve grand and bronze medallion will be $250, $150 and $75, respectively.

Showmanship and reserve showmanship premiums will be $20 and $15, respectively.

Poultry, rabbits and horses will compete for the following premiums – $20, $18, $16, $14 and $12.

High-point winners in the four age brackets of the Youth Horse Show will each receive $200 and runners-up will get $100.

Best of show, showmanship and best of breed for poultry and rabbits will pay $25, $20 and $10, respectively.

Best opposite to best of show and reserve showmanship will pay $15 each and best opposite to best of breed will be worth $5.

Building exhibit premiums for 4-H, FFA, OHCE and open class entries will be $20, $15, $9, $8 and $6.

The early entry deadlines and increased premiums aren’t the only change fairgoers and exhibitors will note this year.

New contests on tap include a Dummy Roping Contest and Firefighter Challenge.

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