County Fair Turns Focus Towards Livestock Judging, Sale

Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl, Jayden Fuchs and Delaney McGowan

The 88th Annual Freestone County Fair and Rodeo officially kicked off its six-day run on Monday, June 10th, when the County Fair Parade rolled its way through downtown Fairfield. With new county queens selected Tuesday night, it?s time to enjoy the remaining activities and events that the Freestone County Fair and Rodeo has to offer.

Several questions remain at this time at the fair, mainly who will exhibit the grand and reserve champion animals and can livestock buyers equal or top the $346,600 spent at last year?s sale?

In the last 23 years, almost $5 million has be spent at the annual event that directly benefits local 4-H and FFA students. The men and women who work behind the scenes to raise this type of money do an outstanding job each year and deserve a pat of the back for a job well done. A huge thank you goes out to the many businesses and individual buyers in the area that spend this type of money at the annual sale.

The 2013 Freestone County Livestock Show Sale will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 15th under the Ike Carden Show Arena at the fairgrounds in Fairfield.

Things get started early Thursday morning, June 13th as the Market Swine weigh-in is set for 7:00 a.m. ? 9:00 a.m. and the Market Sheep will be judged at 8:00 a.m. The Home Economics Exhibits will be on view from 9:00 a.m. ? 6:00 p.m. Market Poultry will be judged at 10:00 a.m. followed by the judging of the Market Goats at 1:00 p.m. Market Steers will be judged at 5:00 p.m., and the Horse Project Halter Show is set for 7:00 p.m. Entertainment by Jake and Tommy Hooker will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Friday morning starts with check in for all Rabbits from 7:00 a.m. ? 9:00 a.m. The Market Swine will be judged at 8:00 a.m. The Home Economics Exhibits will be on view again from 9:00 a.m. ? 6:00 p.m. Breeding and Market Rabbits will be judged at 1:00 p.m.

Mutton Busting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the rodeo arena and is followed by the CPRA, CRA Rodeo at 8:00 p.m. Entertainment for the night will be provided by Choice Country and will begin at 8:00 p.m.

The last day of the Freestone County Fair and Rodeo starts at 9:30 a.m. with the Livestock Show Sale, followed by the annual Pet Show at 3:00 p.m. The second and final night of the Mutton Busting and CPRA, CRA Rodeo starts at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. respectively. The Freestone County Fair will conclude another outstanding performance with the Grand Finale Dance featuring the New West Band from 8:00 p.m. until midnight.

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