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August 19, 2012

Woodward County Fair opens this week

Woodward, Okla. — The annual Woodward County Free Fair is scheduled for Aug. 23 through 25 at the fairgrounds in Crystal Beach Park.

Rhonda DeVor , OSU Extension Educator, said entries will open at 4 p.m. Aug, 23 for special contests, with judging at 7 and the winners announced shortly thereafter.

"Categories are best cookies, best potholder, best decorated holiday wreath and best decorated ball cap," she said.

Also Aug, 23, gardening and horticulture entries will be judged, said Dana Bay, OSU Extension Agent Educator-Agriculture/4-H.

"The fruits and vegetables will be judged on their appearance, their marketability," Bay said.

She expects the entries to include, but not be limited to, tomatoes, carrots, egg plant, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, squash "and just about everything from a garden.

"There will be a 'largest' category, also," Bay said.

Other exhibits and contests will see flowers going on display at 3:30, with judging at 6:30.

Aug. 24, starting at 8:30 a.m., the bread entries for the Oklahoma Wheatheart Baking Contest are due. DeVor said winners will get to enter their recipes at the State Fair of Oklahoma, and the victors at the state fair will have their recipe included in a booklet distributed statewide.

One of the premiere  events at the Woodward County Free Fair is the horse show, set for 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 24.

"There will be 4-H, FFA and open divisions," she said.

On Aug. 25, the focus is on the livestock shows.

Northwestern Electric will also sponsor a free hot dog feed at noon.

Fair schedule

Aug. 23

9:30 a.m. - Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) exhibits in place.

"These are Woodward County OHCE clubs competing against each other," she said

10 a.m. - Judging of OHCE exhibits.

3:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Enter 4-H Departmental exhibits.

Melanie Lynes-Matt, Extension Agent - 4-H/Youth Development, said the state 4-H organization mandates that entries come from 86 areas.

"They can include science, technology, cooking, fine arts and photography, just to name some," she said.

3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Enter Open Division classes.

6:30 p.m. - Judging of crops, horticulture and flowers.

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