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A different kind of fair this year

Judging schedule for livestock, static exhibits revealed

There won’t be a parade or carnival rides. There’s no commercial exhibits or musical entertainment. Much of the Hamilton County Fair for 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but next week 4-H and FFA youths will have an opportunity to showcase their livestock projects and static exhibits.

The shows and judging will be held next Monday through Saturday, July 20 through 25, the week the fair was originally scheduled. The events are not open to the public this year.

The week begins Monday with static exhibit judging, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with members of the Freedom Flickers, Kamrar Komets and Lyon Kings 4-H Club. Judging for Stratford Spirit members is set for 9:30 a.m. and WHH Club members will meet with the judges at 10:30 a.m. Members of Boone Boosters will have projects judged at 11:30 a.m,. and Cass Red Cardinals will meet the judges at 1 p.m. Clear Lake Sailors will be divided into two groups: Last names starting with A through G will be judged at 2 p.m. and those with last names M through Z will meet the judges at 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, check in for poultry is planned for 7 to 8 a.m. The poultry show gets underway in the show arena at 10 a.m. Check in for the rabbit show is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the show beginning at 2 p.m.

Check in for horses is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the horse exhibitor meeting at 8 p.m.

Wednesday brings the horse show starting at 8 a.m. in the Claude Horse Arena. Check in and weigh in for meat and dairy goats begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday and the meat and dairy goat show will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the show arena. The order of the show will be as follows: senior, intermediate and junior showmanship, dairy goats then meat goats. The bottle lamb show will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Claude Arena.

The breeding and market sheep show will be held on Thursday. Check in and weigh in begin at 7 a.m. and the show gets underway in the show arena at noon. Showmanship will kickoff the show, followed by breeding sheep, individual market lamb, weight classes and finally the champion market lamb. The bottle lamb show will be held at 5 p.m. in the Claude Arena.

Friday is beef day at the Hamilton County Fair. Check in and weigh in begins at 7 a.m. in the beef barn. The beef show begins at 10 a.m., starting with showmanship classes, followed by breeding beef, weight classes and the selection of champions. The bucket-bottle show will be held in the Claude Horse Arena at 5 p.m.

Friday night, exhibitors will be allowed to pen swine at 5 p.m., followed by check in and weigh in at 7 p.m. in the swine barn.

The swine show gets underway Saturday morning at 8 a.m. The show will begin with showmanship classes, followed by weight classes and the selection of champions.

Saturday night will feature the county senior showman competition in the Ed Prince building. This year, the competition will be done using a quiz rather than the showing of animals in the arena. The announcement of the winner will be made on the Ed Prince Stage when the entrants have completed the quiz.

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