Rachael Van Horn
Woodward, Okla. —
What do cakes, pies, jelly and livestock all have in common?
The annual Woodward County Free Fair.
This year’s free fair is slated to begin Thursday, August 22.
Thursday, entries open for different divisions and judging of all of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) exhibits and horticulture division.
If you ask Charlotte Waggoner, she is more excited about the county fair this year because it will be her second year to compete with her prize Bantam chickens.
“Last year was my first year to show,” Waggoner said. “I hope more people bring their birds out to the fair this year so the people who visit can see all the varieties they have out there.”
Waggoner and husband Ronnie raise chickens and several varieties of exotic birds, such as Indian Blue Peacocks and White Peacocks. They also raise and show eight different varieties of Bantam chickens, she said.
“My favorites are the Silkie Bantams,” she said.
Last year, Waggoner won first place in the Old English, Cerma, Millie Fluer, Cochin and Old English Spangled Bantam Cock divisions.
Fair attendees can also get a glimpse of the display boards, which showcase plans for the new fairgrounds and how the buildings will look and be laid out, said Extension Agent, Melanie Matt.
“We would encourage everyone to come out and participate in the Woodward County Free Fair,” she said.
OHCE exhibits, which need to be in place by 9:30 a.m. Thursday, include a “creative duck tape” contest, a wind chimes contest, decorated scarecrow, decorated uncut watermelon contest and an “upcycled” blue jean contest, where by the entrant reworks a pair of old blue jeans and many other events, according to Matt said.
Entries will take place throughout the day for the 4-H department exhibits as well as the open division and the special contests.
At 6:30 p.m., the building will be closed for the judging of the crops, horticulture and flowers.
At 8:30 a.m. Friday, Wheatheart entries will be accepted. Entrants need to have them in on time as the building will be closed at 9 a.m. for the judging of all open 4-H exhibits and Wheatheart exhibits, according to the schedule.
Poultry and rabbits will be entered from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Horseshow entries will also be taken at 5:30 p.m.
At 5:30, judging of poultry and rabbits will begin.
At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the horse show begins. All horses must have a negative coggins test within the last 12 months with their entry. The building will close at 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 24, enter an old fashioned cake walk around noon. There is no age limit for the competition and tickets cost 4 for $1, with the money going to the 4-H clubs of Woodward. Those who wish to donate a cake, call 254-3391.
The livestock show will take place all day Saturday.
The fair schedule is as follows:
Thursday, August 22nd
9:30 a.m.: OHCE Exhibits in place.
10 a.m.: Judge OHCE Exhibits
3:30-6:30 p.m.: Enter 4-H Department Exhibits
3:30-6:30 p.m.: Enter Open Division Classes
3:30pm-6:30 p.m.: Enter Special Contests
6:30 p.m.: Building Closes for judging of Crops, Horticulture and
Friday, August 23rd
8:30 a.m.: Accept OK Wheatheart Entries
9 a.m. -1 p.m.: Building will be closed for judging of all Open, 4-H,
Wheatheart Exhibits & special contests.
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Enter poultry and rabbits
5:30 p.m.: Take Entries for Horse Show
5:30 p.m.: Judge poultry and rabbits
6:30 p.m.: Horse show begins
9 p.m.: Building closes
Saturday, August 24th
8:30 a.m.: Swine entry cards due
9 a.m.: Judge swine
9:30 a.m.: Sheep cards are due
10 a.m.: Goat cards are due
11 a.m.: Cattle cards are due
Judging of Sheep will start 30 minutes after conclusion of swine show
Judging of Goats will start 30 minutes after conclusions of sheep show
Judging of Cattle will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of Goats show
Noon: Special Activities-Hot Dog Feed, Cake Walk, etc.
Exhibits are released & building closes at conclusion of Livestock Show
For a download of the Woodward County Free Fair catalog, go to http:oces.okstate.edu