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Fair Comes to an End
Market sale tops $131,000
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The 2017 Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair closed with the traditional animal auction sale Friday evening at the Mervyn Jenkins Expo Center. Eighty-nine buyers spent a near record $131,025 overall at the sale, purchasing193 animals. This year's dollar amount is the second highest on record for fair sale, with the top year being 2015, when 90 buyers purchased 215 animals for an overall record $133,700. The top buyer of the evening was Chula Farmers Coop in Memory of Jeffrey Bowman, which purchased four steers and nine swine. Other top buyers were Farm Bureau Insurance (Joe Neptune), BTC Bank, Hutchinson & Co., and Jerry Litton Family Foundation. The sale was a "premium only" sale, meaning that the animals are retained by the exhibitor and that the exhibitor receives the entire amount bid (less commission).

July 11, 2017 - The 2017 Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair will shift into high gear this next weekend with exciting events, exhibits, shows and entertainment that continues through Friday, July 21. On Saturday morning, 4-H and FFA youth converged on the fairgrounds to prepare for fair week. They built pens for cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits and poultry, prepared the expo center, hung shade screens to help keep livestock cool and did whatever else needed to be done.

An estimated 600 Livingston County youth will participate in this year's fair. Whether displaying a decorated cake, a quilt or a woodworking project they have made, or showing a pig, steer or goat they have raised, the youth have an opportunity to showcase their accomplishments and further develop knowledge in their areas of interest. Last year's animal auction generated more than $128,000. Even beyond the exhibitors and their families, members of the general public may discover that the county fair is a great place to view youth-created arts and crafts, foods, livestock shows, and more. Fairgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for areas of the fairgrounds without seating; Expo Center events have seating provided.

The annual truck and tractor pull took place this past Friday, July 7. The event is a big fund-raiser for the county fair and was co-sanctioned by Northwest Missouri Tractor Pullers Association and Illinois Farm Pullers Association. An estimated 90 entries participated.

Saturday, July 15, the fair queen/princess interviews took place at 9 a.m. in the Ag and Expo buildings, where prospective fair royalty vied for fair royalty titles. Emma Leamer was crowned the 2017 Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair Queen. Emma represents the Chillicothe FFA and is a 2017 graduate of Chillicothe High School. There were six other candidates in the running for 2017. Of those, Echo Essick was named first runner-up and Emily Meneely was named second runner-up. Of 11 Princess candidates, Sydney Baxter was crowned Princess for 2017 representing the Rich Hill Jr Workers 4H Club. Of 10 candidates, Quincy Jessen was crowned 2017 Junior Princess and represents the Sho Me 4-H Club. First runner-up for Junior Princess was Joselyn Alkire of Meadville. With 10 candidates for Clover Princess, Carmen Woodworth was crowned to the title in 2017. Carmen represents the Springhill Go-Getters 4-H Club.

The Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair Queen Emma Leamer (far left) with her royal court (from left)
Princess Sydney Baxter, Junior Princess Quincy Jessen, and Clover Princess Carmen Woodworth.
C-T Photos by Catherine Stortz Ripley and Jaime Saucedo 07 18 17

Activity picks up with a full slate of events Sunday, July 16. The day begins with commercial booths set up outside around the fairgrounds from 12:30 until 5 p.m., where fairgoers can browse and shop. The first event will be Fashion Revue judging at 12:30 p.m. Then, at 2 p.m., candidates for Clover Princess, Junior Princess, Princess and Queen will be introduced and the winners announced. The coronation will take place in the Expo Center. Following the Queen Coronation in the Expo Center will be the Style Show Modeling, beginning at 3 p.m. For those wanting to show off their bundles of joy, registration for the baby contest will open at 3 p.m., followed by the contest at 3:30 p.m. Both the baby contest registration and the show itself will take place in the Expo Center. The Talent Show will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Expo Center. The Cowboy Preacher, Ron Ratliff of 10th Street Baptist Church in Trenton, will deliver his message at 5 p.m., followed by the Horse Show at 5:30 p.m. Horses must be on the grounds and entries must be in by 4 p.m. July 16.

C-T Photos by Catherine Stortz Ripley and Jaime Saucedo 07 18 17

Monday is a big day of showing, starting with the Dog Show at 9 a.m. in the Expo Center. The Broiler Chicken Show check-in will be from 8 until 8:30 a.m., with the show beginning at 9 a.m. in the North Barn. All broilers will be released following the show. Achievement night - a time when 4-H and FFA exhibitors bring in their projects for judging - will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Members will arrive with their 4-H clubs, according to a pre-determined schedule. The judge's orientation will take place at 5:30 p.m. During the evening - from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. - there will be fishing at the Litton Pond.

Tuesday, July 18, is an early start, with Poultry Check-In/Blood Testing running from 6 until 8:30 a.m. All birds must be in the barn by 8 a.m. Rabbit check-in takes place from 7 until 10 a.m. Swine start arriving at 8 a.m. and all Breeding Swine must be in place by 9 a.m. The Poultry Show begins at 9:30 a.m. in the North Barn. The Breeding Swine Show begins at 1 p.m. (No swine can leave the grounds until after the show and all must leave the grounds by 5 p.m.) The Market Swine will start arriving at 5 p.m. and all market swine will be weighed between 7 and 10 p.m. The evening will include the music show rehearsal at 6 p.m. at the outdoor arena. The Rabbit Advanced Showmanship test will take place at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19, begins with the Rabbit Show at 8 a.m. Check-in for sheep goats and beef (including bucket calves) takes place from 8 until 11 a.m. All livestock must be in place by 11 a.m. Weigh-ins for lambs, goats and steers will begin at 10 a.m. All market lambs must be sheared before weighing. The Market Swine Show will take place at 1 p.m. The Country Jamboree begins at 7:30 p.m. at the outdoor arena. Admission is a free-will donation. From 8 until 10 p.m., there will be a dance at the Expo Center, sponsored by the Livingston County 4-H Council. There is no charge for admission.

Livestock shows and other events continue on Thursday, July 20. The Sheep Show begins at 8 a.m., followed by the Goat Show, Dairy Goat Show, Breeding Stock and Market Show, all in the Expo Center. At 1 p.m., the Dairy Show will take place, followed by Breeding Cattle and Feeder Calves, all in the Expo Center. The Steer Show will take place at 3 p.m. From 2 until 6 p.m., 4-H members will give demonstrations and host the entrepreneurship market in the Ag Building. An ice cream social, sponsored by the 4-H Foundation, will be from 5 until 6 p.m. The Super Teen Contest will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Expo Center. Registration takes place in the outdoor arena from noon until 6 p.m.

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Friday, July 21, is the final day of fair activities. The day begins with the Farm Bureau Breakfast at the Shelter House. The breakfast is free to exhibitors. There will be a Dairy Goat Milking Demonstration at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m., the Bucket Calf Show is slated to begin in the Expo Center. There will be a Distracted Driving Simulator and Seat Belt Convincer, sponsored by the Livingston County Health Department, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The appreciation picnic will take place from 5 until 6:30 p.m. in the Expo Center. (Purchase tickets in the concessions area). Non-livestock exhibits will be released at 6 p.m. as will the North Barn Animals (rabbit, poultry and bucket calves). The Market Animal Sale begins at 7 p.m. All other animals will be released after the completion of their species in the Livestock Sale.

Cleanup of the fairgrounds will take place Saturday, July 22, beginning at 8 a.m.



July 18, 2016 - The Livingston County Fair Animal Market Sale wrapped up fair festivities Friday evening in the Jenkins Expo Center. This event brought an end to the 50th year for the Livingston County Fair. The sale raised $128,475 (the second highest amount that has ever been recorded with records dating back to 1990). The year that brought in the most money ever was last year which brought in $133,700. There were 206 animals sold and 87 buyers. There were 122 swine sold, 27 steers sold, 15 sheep sold, 14 goats sold, 14 broilers sold, 10 hams sold and four rabbits sold. The average price per animal sold was $623.67. The top five buyers of the evening were Hutchinson & Company, Chula Co-op, BTC Bank, Copeland Construction and the Litton Family Foundation.

July 15, 2016 - Four-H demonstrations and the 4-H entrepreneurship market took place Thursday afternoon at the Livingston County Fair in the Ag Building. Four-H projects (cake decorating, wood working, etc.) were also on display. Claire Shipp was selling cupcakes at the 4-H entrepreneurship market. She first found her love for baking and cake decorating while taking a cake decorating course through 4-H. Shipp even used baking as her SAE Project for FFA. She created an online bakery called "Sweet Tooth." Through her online bakery, Shipp makes cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pastries and does special orders. She has even created some birthday cakes and wedding cakes.

C-T Photos / Brittany Tutt

Meredith Oesch and Marley Anderson were selling decorated water bottles at their entrepreneurship booth. Both Oesch and Anderson go to Southwest R-1 school. The bottles were decorated with vinyl stickers. They sold their bottles at the Missouri State Fair last year and will be selling them at the state fair again this year as well. They made 200 bottles total to sell at the fair. 4-H Youth Specialist, Shaun Murphy, said entrepreneurship is important to teach 4-H members. These booths were just a few of many interesting entrepreneurship booths. There were also booths selling bracelets, decorated Mason jars, homemade dog treats and more. One impressive project on display in the Ag Building was Warren Meservey's bug collection. Meservey is a part of the Double H 4-H Club and has been collecting insects for about six years.

Four-H and FFA members show sheep and cattle during the fair Saturday. Livestock numbers were up significantly 
over last year. There were more than 60 entries in the sheep show and more than 100 in the cattle show.

July 11, 2016 - The annual truck and tractor pull event kicked off the Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair on Friday night. The event began around 6 p.m. and wrapped up at about 12:30 a.m. According to a truck and tractor pull coordinator, Jackie Woodworth, there was an estimated 1,200 people in attendance and there were about 100 pulls total.

C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair Queen Sarah Mason (far right) with her royal court (from left) Clover Princess Emma Thomas, Junior Princess Olivia Anderson, and Princess Meredith Oesch. During fair week, the queen and her court will be busy presenting ribbons and trophies to 4-H and FFA exhibitors.

C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

The Livingston County 4-H and FFA Horse Show was held Sunday evening in the fairgrounds arena. Various horse show events took place including the egg and spoon competition and the pole weaving contest. Previous to the horse show, the queen coronation, baby show and talent show took place in the Expo Center.

C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

July 7, 2016 - The 2016 Livingston County Fair ( nine days) begins with the annual truck and tractor pull on Friday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, is the first full day of fair activities: archery shoot at 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., fair queen/princess interviews at 12 noon in the Ag and Expo buildings, a BB/pellet and small bore shoot held at the home of David Beck from 3 until 5 p.m. Following that shoot will be a Western Heritage event beginning at 5:30 p.m. and running until 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10, features commercial booth set up outside around the fairgrounds from 1 until 6 p.m.. Litton Pond is open for fishing from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. on Monday. The first event is Fashion Revue judging at 12:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., the queen is announced at the Queen Coronation in the Expo Center. The Style Show Modeling begins at 4 p.m. Registration for the baby show opens at 4 p.m., followed by the Baby Contest itself at 4:30 p.m. Both take place in the Expo Center. The Horse Show begins at 5 p.m. that evening; horses must be on the grounds and entries must be in by 4 p.m. on July 10. The last event of the day will be the Talent Show, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Expo Center. Monday starts with the Dog Show at 9 a.m. in the Expo Center. The Broiler Chicken Show check-in time goes from 8 until 9 a.m., with the show beginning at 10 a.m. in the North Barn. Judges Orientation is at 5:30 p.m. with judging for 4-H and FFA exhibits that evening. The exhibits will be on display throughout the week.


$133,700 Raised for Local Youth
July 20, 2015

CAPTION: The Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair came to a close with the traditional animal auction Friday. A total of $133,700 was raised, setting a new record for the event.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair came to a close with the traditional animal auction Friday evening and a new record being set for gross sales revenues. A total of $133,700 was raised as young exhibitors entered the show ring with the animals they had shown earlier in the week. "As always, the businesses and individual buyers have outdone themselves by supporting at even higher levels with total sales revenue at $133,700," said Fair Board President David Beck. There were 68 buyers purchasing 215 animals. The list of animals included 21 steers, 15 lambs, 132 hogs, 18 chickens, 18 broilers, 8 rabbits and 11 goats. Ten hams were also sold. All of the animals are sold as premium, which means that the exhibitors retain their animals as well as receive the money for which each animal is sold. That money goes directly to the exhibitor to help them recoup expenses for the purchase and maintenance of their animals. The impact of the sale is far-reaching for exhibitors. "It is an amazing sight to see as a small group of people come together to prepare the young ones for the future by providing a way for them to learn life lessons that will stay with them into their adult lives." Through the animal projects and sale, youth learn lessons of trust, sweat equity, perseverance, camaraderie and compassion. The top five buyers were Hutchinson and Company, Grand River Livestock, Chula Farmers' Co-op, Hatfield Cattle Company and BTC Bank.

Events Begin With Truck/Tractor Pull Friday
Jul. 7, 2015

CAPTION: The Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair festivities start on Friday night with the annual truck and tractor pull, and the whole week through the following Friday is packed full of different events. There are many livestock shows, but there is a little something for everyone there according to fair board president, David Beck. The lineup of the week's events include: the second annual Country Jamboree, a baby show, a talent show, the Super Teen Contest, and much more.

C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

Show time nears once again for Livingston County 4-H and FFA members as the 4-H and FFA Livingston County Fair festivities start on Friday. The Livingston County Fair is a place these 4-H and FFA participants can show off their exhibits, projects and/or animals they've been working hard on all year long in hopes of winning a blue ribbon and the chance to move onto the Missouri State Fair to compete at an even higher level. However, the fair is not just for youth in these organizations - it's for all of Livingston County to enjoy.

The annual truck and tractor pull will kick-off fair festivities on Friday night. This event draws a large crowd of not only locals but out-of-state guests as well. The truck and tractor pull is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Livingston County Fair Board. The pull starts at 6:30 p.m. in the arena. Admission is $10 for adults and free to children ages eight and under. Saturday morning queen and princess interviews will be conducted in the Ag and Expo buildings at 10 a.m. Also at 10 a.m. is the archery shoot held in the Litton complex at drive A. BB / pellet and small bore shoot and Western Heritage shooting will follow the archery shoot Saturday at the home of David and Suzie Beck.

Sunday's festivities will start with fashion revue judging in the Mildred building at 12:30 p.m. Following fashion revue judging are many fun and entertaining events that are sure to draw a crowd. Princess and queen coronations will begin at 2 p.m. in the Expo Center. Then style show modeling will follow coronation at 4 p.m. also in the Expo Center. The baby show will then start at 4:30 p.m. in the Expo Center with registration starting 30 minutes prior to the show. The horse show will take place at 5 p.m. in the arena, and the talent show will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Expo Center. Following the horse show in the arena will be Cowboy Sunday Service lead by Ray Perryman starting at about 7 p.m.

Monday events kick-off with the dog show starting at 9 a.m. in the Expo Center. At 10 a.m. the broiler chicken show will be held in the north barn and then there will be a break in events until the evening. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday there will be watermelon served at the shelter house, provided by Livingston County Soil and Water. Fishing at the Litton Pond will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and judging of 4-H and FFA exhibits will start at 6 p.m. The Junior Helpers will be judged first at 6 p.m., Dawn Sunrise Hustlers and Liberty will be next at 6:15 p.m. Rich Hill Jr. Workers and Wheeling Happy Harvesters will have their turn at 6:45 p.m. Springfield Go-Getters, Moorseville Motivators, Frontiers and 4-H Life are slated for 7:15 judging. Independents and Busy Bees will be judged at 7:45 p.m. Double H is slated for 8:15 p.m. and FFA, Hale Happy Hustlers, Hale Clover Kids and Show-Me are slated for 8:45 p.m.

Tuesday the only event planned is the poultry show, which will begin at 10 a.m. in the north barn.

Wednesday morning the rabbit show will start bright and early at 8 a.m. The swine show start later in the afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Expo Center. Wednesday evening, the second annual Country Jamboree is bound to draw a big crowd as local talent will be performing on stage. The event will start at 7 p.m. and will be held in the outdoor arena. Free will donations will be accepted for the event.

The sheep show will begin at 8 a.m. in the Expo Center on Thursday. The goat show will follow the sheep show. Commercial booths will set up outside from 1 to 6 p.m. and 4-H Demonstration and 4-H Entrepreneurship Market will be set up in the Ag Building as well. At 1 p.m. Thursday, the dairy show will begin in the Expo Center. The breeding cattle show and then the feeder calves will follow, and then at 3 p.m. the steer show will wrap up all the cow shows. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening there will be an Ice Cream Social at the shelter house which is sponsored by the 4-H Foundation. The Super Teen Contest will then start at 7:30 p.m. in the Expo Center.

The Farm Bureau Breakfast will start Friday at 7 a.m. at the Shelter House and is free to exhibitors. Clover Kid Animal Parade will begin at 9 a.m., and the Bucket Calf Show will follow the parade at 10 a.m. Both the parade and the Bucket Calf Show will be held in the Expo Center. Wrapping up the 2015 fair festivities will be the Appreciation Picnic held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Expo Center. Tickets can be purchased from the concession area. At 6 p.m. the release of animals will begin starting with the non-livestock exhibits and bucket calves, then the release of rabbit, poultry will follow. Then at 7 p.m. the market animals sale will begin. All other animals will be released after the completion of the sale.

Saturday clean-up will begin at 8 a.m.; all livestock pens must be cleaned by noon on Saturday.

Fair board president, David Beck, said he is excited about the new bleachers for the outdoor arena that were installed a few weeks ago, and he hopes people come out and utilize that new luxury while also enjoying some great Livingston County Fair events. According to Beck, the fair is not only for 4-H / FFA members and ag-minded people; there is a little something for everyone at the fair. "The fair is largely geared toward the youth, but we've added things that will appeal to everyone. It's a livestock based fair and it won't be changing from that, but we've added things like the music show (Jamboree) and the truck and tractor pull to appeal to other interests as well," Beck said.

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