One of Cedar County’s major annual events gets underway as the 2019 Cedar County Youth Fair opens today, Wednesday, June 19, at the Ray H. Zumwalt Expo Center off RB Road in Stockton.
Open to youth ages 5-21, the fair features competitions in agriculture, arts, science, cooking and baking, mechanics and more. The top three finishers in each class earn points for the high point award for the weekend.
Admission to all events is free. The center will be closed during non-livestock judging.
Exhibitors will begin checking in their entries at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. The schedule of events is as follows.
Wednesday, June 19
5 p.m. Non-livestock judging, competition area closed. Categories include aerospace, amphibians and reptiles, arts and crafts, bicycle, breads, cake decorating, cat items, child development, clowning, clothing, country-cured ham, creative crochet, crops, dog items, electricity, entomology, homemade foods, food arts, forestry, geology, home environment, horticulture, knitting, livestock display (no live animals), photography (classic and digital), scrapbooking, shooting sports, small engines, sport fishing display, fruit and vegetable gardening, welding, woodworking, agricultural or farm mechanics and miscellaneous.
6 p.m. Rabbit show. Classes include senior buck and doe; buck and doe, 6-8 months; junior buck and doe; and pen of three market rabbits.
Poultry show, immediately following rabbit show. Classes include exotic chickens, rooster, broiler market birds, hens or pullets, breeder pen, bantams, capon, duck, goose, pigeon, poultry science exhibit, turkey, and showmanship.
Thursday, June 20
8:30 a.m. Horsemanship show. Classes include showmanship at halter, English equitation, hunter under saddle, walk-trot 10 and younger, western pleasure, 11 and older, horsemanship, reining, trail, pleasure pairs, pole bending, barrel racing and flag race.
4 p.m. Breeding livestock check-in begins, must be in place by 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 21
8 a.m. Breeding livestock shows with swine, sheep, dairy goats, meat goats, dairy and beef.
Swine classes include gilts, underweight market hogs, market hogs, overweight market hogs and showmanship.
Sheep classes include rams, ewes, pairs, flocks, market lambs, feeder lambs and showmanship.
Dairy goat classes include does, best of breed and showmanship.
Meat goat classes include does, bucks, market goats and showmanship.
Dairy classes include heifers, yearling heifers, two-, three- and four-year-old cows, aged cows, bull calves and showmanship.
Beef classes include bottle calf, heifer calf, yearling heifer, two- and three-year old cows, bull calf, yearling bull, cow/calf pair, market beef steer, feeder steer and showmanship.
4 p.m. Market livestock unloading.
6:30 p.m. Market livestock weigh-in.
7:30 p.m. Exhibitors meal, sponsored by Cedar County Cattleman’s Association.
Saturday, June 22
8 a.m. Market livestock show in order of swine, sheep, meat goats and beef. Showmanship will follow market classes in each species.
1 p.m. Dummy roping.
4 p.m. Non-livestock entries checked out.
5:30 p.m. Livestock auction buyer’s social, sponsored by Kenney Family Farms.
5:45 p.m. Awards presentation.
6 p.m. Livestock auction.