- Apr 24, 2007
This week is our county fair and it has been a miserable week so far. Our county fair is being run this year by a group of people who hate show cattle and seem to have a issue with anyone who shows cattle outside of the county fair. Our fair has I think dumbest rules. The fair board members came unexpected and inspected everyone who was raising steers property to see that the steers were being keeped stalled up with no access to grass. If your animal had any access you recived a written warning and then they came back to see if you got rid of the grass if not you were out of the fair. They had a minum weight for the final weigh-in if your did not make weight you can not show your animal but you can sell it during the sale. They wanted all steers to have chain halters with two cotton ropes. We use a rope halter and double tie with a neck rope. They will not allow the kids to walk their steers with two ropes on and a second person no matter how well behaved your animal is. There is no were for these animals to run and get out if one got away. The hogs and steers are barned in the same barn.They are there for 10 day. The don't show until the eighth day. We use to bring heifers in for the first 3 days then they would go home and steers come in after heifers. This year heifer came in the first day and were not allowed in the barn at all. This is because most of the heifer kids do a lot of prospecting all year. Heifers were stuck out in the open horse arena with no shelter and went home that night after the show. They gave very little in the way of prizes for heifers. No purple ribbon, belt buckles or banners. They gave a chair and some cheap little trophies that did not even have anything to do with heifers. Well last night was the hog show they had so many prizes big ribbons, large trophies with pig on it, belt buckles and ect... Of course when the heifers kids saw this they were upset. The reasoning they gave us is that heifer projects are not as important as a market animal project. They got a brahma judge for the heifer and steer show because as I was informed they don't want any club calves to win. I guess they must have been disappointed during the heifer show my son won grand with a "club calf" that we purchased from AAOK. To stop the kids from getting club calves the rules have been changed for next year that all calves have to be born and bred locally. We'll very few people in our county or surrounding county breed show cattle so the kids will have to get calves off of commercial ranches which means brahma. The kids have to be there all day from morning until night. They constantly threaten to kick us out over every little thing. 4H and FFA leaders are not aloud in the barn to help the kids. They have been told to stay out of the barn. Sorry this is so long just venting and wanted to hear from others on how your county fairs are run.