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.