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.
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
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.
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
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.
Raised for Local Youth
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY
July 20, 2015
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.
Begin With Truck/Tractor Pull Friday
By BRITTANY TUTT
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.
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.