4-Hers prep for fair

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer

Daizia Looney, 10, learned how to shear her first goat Tuesday. She and other county residents are preparing for the Roosevelt County Fair, which opens noon Tuesday.

Roosevelt County Extension 4-H Agent Melanie Gutierrez said youth with livestock projects are cleaning show boxes, making sure they have necessary supplies, shearing goats and sheep, and clipping pigs and cattle.

“At this point, the animals are what they are, and there’s not much changing them, so it’s just getting ready and crossing your fingers that you’ve done the right things and worked hard enough throughout the summer,” she said.

For indoor projects such as sewing and art, Gutierrez said, some young participants may be putting the finishing touches on their entries.

“It just depends on the kid,” she said.

Some have their work done by June, and others scramble to finish at the last minute.

Bakers will probably make their entries Sunday afternoon, although sometimes they bake in advance and freeze the goodies, Gutierrez said.

County Fair Board treasurer Darla Reed said fair manager Jill Caviness is organizing entries, and the fairgrounds have been prepared.

The fair board also surveyed animal projects earlier in the year to get an idea of what was coming.

While competitors are typically busiest during the handful of days before the fair, Reed said, the fair board is working hard two weeks early to ensure advertising is done, signs are ready and connections are made.

The fair board starts planning in January.

“When you ask people what the fair’s about, different people have different opinions, which is why we offer a variety of entertainment choices, vendors and reasons to go,” Reed said.

However, she said the fair board has the “Roosevelt County youth at heart” to have them participate, learn and enjoy the experience.