Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2007

Douglas County Fair is off to good start

August 2, 2007

The week might be half over, but there are still plenty of activities and events left to do at the Douglas County Fair in Lawrence.

Several events have taken place during the past week to begin the fair, while the highlights will be coming soon. Baldwin City 4-H'ers have been enjoying the opening days of the 101st-annual fair.

"I am excited about the rest of the week," said Jamie Goff, Palmyra 4-H Club member and Baldwin High School senior. "I have a lot of fun at the fair each year. There are so many things to do."

On Monday afternoon, 4-H'ers from around the county began entering foods, preservation and arts and crafts entries. Consultation judging also took place Monday.

BHS junior Conner Nottingham was one of several 4-H'ers to receive a blue ribbon for one of his food entries. Nottingham won the blue ribbon for his cinnamon spice cake.

"The judge said it tasted good and she liked it, but her only complaint was that she said I overcooked it by a couple of minutes," Nottingham said.

Goff received the highest award, a purple ribbon, for her herb bread and decorated cake. She also received a blue ribbon for the garlic bubble bread and a red for her cinnamon rolls.

"I am pretty excited about the foods I entered," Goff said. "I put a lot of work into it, so I am very happy."

The annual fashion revue came to Baker University last week. Nottingham did well at the fashion revue, receiving two purple ribbons and one blue for his three outfits.

His suit and summer outfit won the purple, while his golf attire received a blue ribbon.

"I was really happy, because I thought I might win the two purples," Nottingham said. "I used my golf shoes from the spring season for my golf outfit, which have been worn out. They are too expensive to buy a new pair, so I thought they might mark me down for that and give me a blue."

The next four days will be busy with activities at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, located at 2110 Harper St. in Lawrence.

This morning the rabbit show begins at 8 a.m. in the judging arena and the dairy show starts at 9 a.m. in the community building. Other popular events are sheep show and the antique tractor pull, both at 6 p.m.

Nottingham is excited about the sheep show this year, despite the fact that he feels the number of sheep might be down.

"The sheep show is always a fun part of the fair," Nottingham said. "There might not be as many lambs this year, but the ones there will be high quality."

At 9 a.m. Friday, the beef show begins in the community building. Baldwin City has many 4-H'ers involved in the beef show each year.

The annual bale throwing contest and demolition derby are Friday night at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively. Several Baldwin community members are usually involved in both events.

Saturday is full of events, such as the turtle race, photography judging, llama show, pedal tractor pull and hot rod tractor pull. The fair wraps up Sunday with livestock auction and awards ceremony.

"The fair is the high point of the summer," Nottingham said. "It's fun hanging out with friends and enjoying those times together. It all wraps up on the weekend and then you go home."

For more information on the fair, go to www.dgcountyfair.com.

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