Although the Delta County Fair doesn't officially get underway until the week of Aug. 5, the county's 4-H'ers have their eyes on a couple of events that take place before the month is out.
On Thursday, July 25, 4-H'ers will model their clothing and decorative apparel for judges at the Delta Center for Performing Arts. That Saturday, the shooting sports contest begins at 8 a.m. at the Delta County 4-H Range, and at 1 p.m. the Delta County Fair and Rodeo queen contest will be held on the fairgrounds.
With just over a week to go, 4-H'ers are getting in as much practice as possible with their pistol, air rifle or bow. Young seamstresses are putting the finishing touches on their garments. Queen contestants are practicing their speaking skills and lining out what they'll wear for modeling competition.
It's a very busy time for all fair entrants, said Jackie Goza, 4-H agent.
"Kids are checking the weights on their animals, finishing their record books, practicing with their horses, and making samples of their baked items. With every project, there is a lot of preparation. I know we have a lot of busy 4-H leaders and parents, too, trying to help get everything done."
County residents who are interested in participating in the fair may submit an open class entry. Heritage Hall entries — needlework, pantry store, crafts, flowers and more — can be delivered Tuesday, Aug. 6, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Open class livestock must already be entered.
A list of events taking place during the fair includes:
Saturday, Aug. 3 — Junior rodeo, 10 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 4 — Dutch oven cooking contest, 9 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 5 — Team roping saddle shoot-out, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 6 — 4-H fashion revue, 11 a.m.; antique tractor pull, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 — Judging of Heritage Hall open class exhibits, 9 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 8 — Demolition Derby, 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 9 — Ranch rodeo and local team roping, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10 — Parade, 10 a.m.; market livestock sale, 2 p.m.; royalty coronation, 7 p.m.; Rocky Mountain saddle bronc and bull riding, 7 p.m.
The events in the arena Thursday, Friday and Saturday require the purchase of tickets — $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for children at the gate.
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