The start of 2014 brings the 62nd Annual Brown County Youth Fair, beginning Monday, with all the familiar sights and sounds. Although some exhibitors will also attend major shows, around the state, this week's event is the culmination of hours of hard work for many Brown County youth.

A total of 478 exhibitors, with 1,906 entries will converge on the fair barns, from Monday at 8 a.m. through Saturday, late in the evening. This year's fair has 941 livestock and 965 Home Economics entries, from area 4-H clubs, FFA, and FCCLA. 

Those new to the community and not familiar with this annual event are encouraged to visit, take the kids out to see the animals, and learn more about the fair and all of the student organizations involved. 

Exhibitors will compete in the various categories and the livestock exhibitors will have the opportunity to compete in showmanship classes. The top 75 percent of each class of the livestock divisions, except for the market rabbits, will be eligible for the premium sale. 

The premium sale, held on Saturday night, is an opportunity for businesses, civic organizations, community clubs, and individuals to help the youth. All monies collected in the premium sale go directly to the exhibitors and help to offset the expenses incurred in raising their animals. Each year, the community is even more generous than the one before, and the Fair Assoc. is hopeful that trend will continue.

Every donation, no matter the amount, is important, with smaller contributions combined in pools with others. Contributors number in the thousands, making it difficult to personally thank each by name, but Gayland Miller, chair of the finance committee, said they are all greatly appreciated.

The top ten buyers in the 2013 sale were:

Diamond P Enterprises

Landmark Life Insurance Company

O & B Farms

Hi-Way Auto Parts

Grooms Seed

Redmen Lodge

Bostick's Auto and Truck Sales

Bob's Fuels, Inc.

Tri County Propane Service

Loadcraft Industries, LTD

Miller encourages everyone to thank these and all area contributing businesses and to honor them with your patronage.

In appreciation of the contributors, "current, past, and interested", the Fair Assoc. will host a reception from 3 - 5 p.m., Saturday, with hors d'oeuvres and beverages. This is good opportunity for newcomers to learn how to participate in the bidding. 

The Youth Fair schedule will be printed in the Brownwood Bulletin, but here are some key dates and times, for exhibitors.

The first two days are scheduled for the clothing division. All clothing items must be presented between 8 and 9:30 a.m., Mon. Judging begins at 10 a.m. The mandatory fashion show begins at 6:30 p.m., Tues.

Livestock weighing, sifting, classification and check-in begins at 7 a.m., Wed. and runs throughout the day. Check with your 4-H or FFA leaders for specific times for your animals, or visit the BCYF website for a schedule.

Livestock judging will take place on Wed., Thur., Fri., and Sat. Foods and crafts will be judged Thur. and Ag mechanics on Sat.

The awards presentations, for exhibitors, and the crowning of the 2014 Youth Fair Queen will begin at 5 p.m. Sat., immediately preceding the premium sale.

For more information, visit the BCYF website at http://www.browncountyfairandrodeo.com and hover the cursor over the Youth Fair tab, at the top of the page. Watch the Brownwood Bulletin and www.brownwoodtx.com for daily updates and live video from the show ring.