The hard work, dedication, discipline and pride of area youth representing FFA and 4-H, and more than 1,600 entries of livestock and home economics exhibits, will take top billing this coming week in the 63rd Annual Brown County Youth Fair.

The fair opens early Monday morning with the acceptance of clothing items in the Home Economics Division, and concludes Saturday with the awards and premium sale.

And so much in between those two events.

By the count of David Goodwin, president of the Brown County Fair Association, there are 871 livestock entries and 735 home economics entries for a total of 1,606.

“We’ve got better than 300 kids involved,” Goodwin said. “We’re just looking forward to a successful year. It takes the whole community. We’ve got better than 100 volunteers involved. It’s something we look forward to every year.”

While the youth learn lessons in responsibility, a successful auction Saturday night will be the culmination of the weeklong fair. “One of our goals is to make sure the kids get all they can.”

The premium sale Saturday night is an opportunity for businesses, civic organizations, community clubs and individuals to help the youth. All of the money collected in the sale goes to the exhibitors and helps offset the expenses incurred in raising their animals.

Gayland Miller, chair of the fair association’s finance committee, said the ultimate success for the youth fair participants “really depends on the number of donors that come out in person to support them via their donations on the premium aale.

“Your donation in our Brown County youth and Brown County Youth Fair’s program will impact our county for generations to come.”

The awards and presentations, and crowing of Miss Brown County Fair Association queen, will also occur Saturday, prior to the premium sale.

Key events

Monday will open the BCYF week with the start of the home economics division. Participants will be submitting their clothing items from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and appearance judging will begin at 10 a.m. No late entries will be accepted. The judging for construction will be done at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The Clothing Division Fashion Show will begin at 6:30 Tuesday.

In the livestock division, weighing, sifting, classification and check-in begins at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Judging begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday with the angora goat division, followed by breeding sheep, breeding boer goat, breeding gilt and rabbit divisions.

Thursday morning, judging in the market lamb and market goat divisions will take place.

On Friday, the market swine, market steer and registered breeding heifer division judging will occur.

On Friday, the horse division check-in will be at 7:30 a.m., followed by horse division judging and ag mechanics project judging.