At the Brownwood school district’s ag barn Friday, the sounds of electric clippers and bleating of lambs and goats mixed in with human voices as ag teachers Cade and Chelsea Wilson and others clipped the animals, preparing them for their showings in next week’s Brown County Youth Fair.

A similar scene was repeated Saturday, except the animals that day were swine, who squealed in protest.

Across Brown County, hundreds of young people are preparing their animals and home economics projects for the youth fair, which begins Monday, Jan. 7, and with the acceptance of clothing items in the Home Economics Division, and ends Saturday, Jan. 12, with the Premium Sale. The youth fair queen will be crowned at the Premium Sale.

There is no other week like youth fair week in Brown County. It is a countywide celebration of the farm and livestock community, and this year’s fair will draw about 400 youth. On the livestock side, more than 900 animals have been entered, and about 800 exhibits on the home economics side.

“We’ve got a lot of animals, a lot of projects,” said Gayland Miller, chairman of the Brown County Fair Association’s Finance Committee. “It ought to be another exciting fair year for the youth of Brown County.”


Youth Fair schedule

Livestock Division

Tuesday, Jan.  8

Breeding Lambs…………8 a.m..

Breeding Goat Show follows Lambs

Breeding Swine Show follows Goats

Market Lamb & Goat enter barn …. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rabbit Check-in 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.  … Show starts with Market at 1 p.m.

Market Lamb & Goat weigh in and classification ……3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ag Mechanics Show….2:00 p.m. 


Wednesday, Jan. 9

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 5 p.m.

Cattle weigh in and classification start ….. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 10

Market Swine Division ....... 9:00 a.m.


Friday, Jan. 11

Market Steer Show. ......... 9 a.m.

Registered Breeding Heifer Show ……..Immediately after Market Steer

Horse Division check-in ….1 p.m.

Horse Show starts ….2 p.m.

All market animals released after horse show


Saturday, Jan. 12


Awards and Premium Sale ........ 3 p.m.


Home Economics Division

Monday, Jan. 7

Acceptance of all Clothing Items (no late items will be accepted) …. 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.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  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. 8

Clothing Division Fashion Show (Mandatory participation).....  6:30 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 10

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. 11

Viewing of Entries …. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Items and Prizes picked up…..6 p.m, to 7 p.m., no items can be removed 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. 12 

Awards and Premium Sale: Miss Brown County Fair Association Presentations, 3 p.m.

Followed by sale of home economics projects, sale of livestock projects