Ag exhibits are a big part of LaRue County Fair

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Entries sought for agriculture-related contests

By David Harrison

The 2009 LaRue County Fair will be July 23-Aug. 1 and county residents are encouraged to enter crop and livestock exhibits. Agriculture remains a strong part of our 102nd LaRue County Community Fair.

Specific details for all the events can be reviewed in the 2009 LaRue County Community Fair supplement in The LaRue County Herald News. The catalog should be consulted to help you meet the rules and regulations. 

Entries for the agricultural displays will be taken 2-5 p.m. Sunday, July 26. There are two age classes in the youth division. There are 19 vegetable classes and 14 canning classes for these youth and a garden display for youth. The open division consists of 77 classes in categories: fruits and vegetables, canned vegetable in canning jars, pickles, canned fruits, and preserves and jellies and the overall garden display. 

Entries for the open crop exhibits including the hay show will be taken 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday. There are five classes of hay: pure alfalfa - Triple Crown, pure alfalfa - KY Pride, alfalfa grass mix - Triple Crown, alfalfa grass mix - KY Pride and mixed hay. There are also awards for best bale of alfalfa and best bale of alfalfa - grass mix. Other field crops exhibits (tobacco, corn and grain and seed quart jars) will also be taken during these hours.

Generally crop entries are limited to LaRue County residents and can be made without prior planning.

Livestock entries are generally open to the world but must meet several requirements including exhibition health requirements with a health certificate and ownership by certain date. Some livestock show classes require an entry fee; some do not.

Livestock exhibition begins with the boar goat show 5 p.m. July 27. There are 40 classes for the breeding stock goat show. They include percentage doe classes as well as full blood doe and buck classes. There is also a county 4-H and FFA goat show, and an open youth market goat show that will feature a $150 top prize

The dairy show will be 10 a.m. July 31. There will be heifer and cows classes of all five dairy breeds: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Jersey and Holstein. There is also a county 4-H and FFA dairy show.

The sheep show will be 5 p.m. July 31. The open breeding show is for Dorset, Hampshire, Southdown, Suffolk, crossbreds and other breeds. There are also new classes for hair sheep and percentages. The 4-H and FFA sheep show has similar breeding classes as well as market classes. There is also an open market lamb show.

The beef show will be 1 p.m. Aug. 1. Classes will be available for heifers and young bulls: Angus, Hereford, Limousin, Shorthorn, Santa Gertrudis, Simmental and other breeds. A 4-H and FFA county beef show will be held prior to the open beef show and will begin at 10 a.m.

There are several horse shows including saddlebred and walking horses, western contest division, western horse show performance classes and miniature horse show. There are also youth and open rabbit shows and chicken shows.

So whether you are an exhibitor or just like to observe good examples of agriculture, come out and enjoy these and other activities at the fair. 

A special thanks to all the volunteer superintendents and helpers who make the county fair a success.