Looking ahead to the Saturday night Premium Sale that will conclude the Brown County Youth Fair, Gayland Miller said the sale has been “remarkable year after year.” Miller is chairman of the Brown County Fair Association’s Finance Committee.
The term “remarkable” could surely be applied to the weeklong youth fair, which opens Monday morning with the acceptance of clothing items in the Home Economics Division and ends Saturday with with the Premium Sale. The sale will begin after the crowning of the youth fair queen – another major event at the fair, which will draw more than 450 exhibitors from FFA and 4-H organizations throughout Brown County.
The exhibitors will show their animals and their projects in the Home Economics Division, competing in both divisions as judges carefully evaluate their skills and the results of their long, hard work. While not every exhibitor will “win” in the show arena, there are no “losers.”
This year’s fair will boast new events, as well as the return of an event after an absence of several years – the ag mechanics show. New events include a show for special needs exhibitors and the first princess (third, fourth and fifth grades) and junior miss (sixth, seventh and eighth grades) contests for the Brown County Fair Association.
Animal judging begins Tuesday morning with the breeding hair sheep show.
Youth fair veterans and exhibitors say lifelong lessons are learned from the stock show life, as the young exhibitors develop the drive to succeed and the ability to persevere. Lessons learned and skills developed include responsibility, time management and confidence.
Even when things don’t turn out in their favor, the experience helps them become better people, exhibitors say. The youth fair is a family event – a large family comprised of individual families, often involving siblings who partake in multiple events as parents and extended family members.
While the animals don’t always seem to cooperate in the show ring, exhibitors love their animals, which, like people, have different attitudes and personalities.
“You work hard with your animal every single day,” said Trinitee Skelton, a Brownwood High School sophomore and FFA member. “Your animal’s like your best friend.”
BROWN COUNTY YOUTH FAIR SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Jan. 9
Weighing/Sifting/Classification and Check-in:
Breeding Lambs, 8 a.m.
Breeding Goat Show Follows Sheep
Special Needs Show Follows Goats
Breeding Gilt Show Follows Special Needs
Market Lambs and Goats enter barn, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rabbit Check-in 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., show starts with Market Rabbits at 1 p.m.
Market Lamb and Goat weigh in and classification, 3 to 7 p.m.
Ag Mechanics Show, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 10
Market Lamb Show, 9 a.m.
Market Goat follows Lambs
Market Swine enter barn, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Weigh in and classification start at 4 p.m. in order by School (TBA)
Cattle enter barn, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cattle weigh in and classification start, 3 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 11
Market Swine Division, 9 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 12
Market Steer Show, 9 a.m.
Registered Breeding Heifer Show Immediately after Market Steer Show
Horse Division Check-in, 1 p.m.
Horse Show Starts, 2 p.m.
ALL MARKET ANIMALS RELEASED AFTER HORSE SHOW
HOME ECONOMICS DIVISION
Monday, Jan. 8
Acceptance of all Clothing Items(NO late items will be accepted), 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Appearance Judging, 10 a.m.
Pictures will be taken individually and as a group at this time. These may be used by judge later in day if needed.
Fashion Show Practice (Mandatory Participation) will be as soon as each contestant goes before the judge in their last garment or if there is a length of time between garments they may practice then, they must sign off on list when they practice.
Construction will be judged after appearance judging and lunch break for judges. Only judges and authorized persons allowed at this time.
Tuesday, Jan. 9
Clothing Division Fashion Show (Mandatory participation), 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 11
Receive Foods, Crafts and Canning entries, 9 a.m. to Noon
NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED
Judging of Items, 1 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 12
Viewing of Entries, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Items and Prizes picked up, 6 to 7 p.m.
NO ITEMS CAN BE REMOVED UNTIL 6 p.m.
Results posted at Youth Fair Office by Noon
Premium Sales includes: Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Food, Clothing, Canning, and Craft Divisions (immediately after Miss Brown County Fair Association Awards).
Saturday, Jan. 13
Awards and Premium Sale
Miss Brown County Fair Association Presentations at 3 p.m. followed by sale of Home Economics projects, sale of Livestock projects