The Morgan County Fair is opening in Versailles this week. Agriculture and rural life are at the heart of this traditional summer event held at the fairgrounds west of Highway 5 on Highway 52.
1 The fun begins Tuesday, July 16 as 4-H members and Future Farmers of America check-in their projects - including homemade ham - for display throughout the next four days. From Wednesday-Saturday see 4-H exhibit classes that range from food preservation to photography and much more. FFA exhibits will showcase displays of homegrown vegetables and plants as well as homemade trailers, livestock and shop equipment and household and woodworking items. First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded.
2 Entries for the open home economics exhibit division will be taken Wednesday evening and Thursday morning and will be on display for the duration of the fair. Call Andi Woodson at 573-377-4577 for more information on entering. Or just head to the fair and check out the talent of other Morgan County adults and youth from sewing and quilting to cooking, baking and crafts. There will be exhibits of amateur and professional photography and art. There are also open divisions for agriculture, including vegetables and floraculture, as well as woodworking, scrapbooking, cured meats and metal work. First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded as well as a Best of Fair for each section. On Wednesday evening, the first grand stand event will feature the MATPA Mid America Tractor Pullers Association Tractor Pull. Cost is $5. Admission for children ages 10 and under is free.
3 The fair picks up on Thursday with the popular pet parade. Bring your pet to participate or just come and watch. First, second and third place winners will be awarded in seven categories: Best Dressed, Best Trick, Cutest, Look Alike, Largest, Smallest and Most Exotic. First place winners will compete for Best of Show. While you're there, check out the Home Economics Division Auction, both being held that evening. Take home some of the tasty treats made by the local exhibitors at this auction. Proceeds pay fair board premiums for the fair. For the grand stand event, Hwy 65 MX is presenting a dirt bike, ATV and UTV rodeo. Cost to attend is $5 with children 10 and under begin admitted for free.
4 On Friday, the fair continues to get down home with several livestock shows including diary and meat goats, swine and pee-wee swine, sheep and bucket calf and rabbit and poultry. There will be divisions for 4-H, FFA and open. Mid Missouri Truck & Tractor Pullers Association Pull will be the grandstand event for the evening with admission of $10 and free to ages 10 and under.
5 Saturday will feature more livestock shows. The Premium Sale of the winning livestock entries will be held in the afternoon. The Radiant Rascals 4-H Club will be holding their 2nd Annual Cow Patty Bingo fundraiser on Saturday as well. Tickets are $5 per square. Each square is assigned a random number. The winner is determined at the end of the premium sale when the "cow pie" will land on one of the squares. The winner does not need to be present to claim the prize of half the amount collected for the bingo game. After seeing all the agriculture displays and shows, maybe you think you're a super farmer. Well, prove it. The Radiant Rascals will be holding a Super Farmer Contest Saturday evening in which couples in adult, teen and youth divisions will test their farming skills in timed events. Register early at the Century 21 Office in Versailles for $20 or sign up the day of the competition for $25. The Garden Patch Contest features cabbage plants and marigolds grown from seed by children ages 12 and under. Winning entries will be on display throughout the day. The grand stand event on Saturday evening will be the Compact Figure Eight Scramble Tuff Trucks Challenge. Admission is $7 with kids 10 and under free.
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