Teton County Fair showcases agricultural traditions
The 64th Annual Teton County Fair continues the Wyoming county fair run this week with 4-H events scheduled from Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 26. This year creates a unique opportunity for county fairs to make agriculture and the history of fairs the center of attention.
“We look forward to focusing on the traditions of county fair – showcasing youth livestock shows and bringing awareness to the program,” says Extension Educator Glenn Owings. “Hands-on sewing, quilting and other static projects are certainly a nod to fair traditions as well.”
The fair board made the tough decision to cancel night events and other entertainment, along with the carnival and food vendors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fair will still feature 4-H events, the Blue Ribbon Exhibit Hall and the Open Class Horse Show.
“We submitted a mitigation plan to our county health department with a schedule of how we would work to meet health orders and stagger participants in our indoor space,” says Owings. “The health department has been very responsive and helpful in our efforts to make things safe while still being able to host shows for the kids to complete their projects.”
Hasenack showcases youth leadership in Teton County
Senior 4-H member Ryley Hasenack says she is grateful the community found a way to make the fair happen. This year Ryley is showing her two lambs, Minnie and Mouse, and bringing a Citizenship Static Project.
“Ryley is an exemplary 4-H member and leader in her club. She has been a huge help to new families and younger members,” says Owings.
Ryley has served as the president of the Sheep Club for the last two years. While in-person meetings were unable to take place, Ryley traveled to young or new members who are showing lambs to help with showing and showmanship along with feeding and lamb health questions.
“The 4-H community is a really cool group,” says Ryley. “We all share similar values, and we are all working to better our community and ourselves.”
Ryley shares seeing her personal growth and the growth of those around her is one of the most rewarding aspects of participating in the program.
Ryley is heading to Colorado State University to pursue a degree in equine science on the pre-vet track.
Teton County Fair schedule of events
4-H Fabric and Fashion Judging takes place Monday, July 20 at 8 a.m., followed by the Fashion Review and Awards and a quilting presentation at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 21 is chalk-full of 4-H horse events starting with showmanship at 8 a.m. and followed by performance classes, trail classes, speed events and awards.
The Small Animal Show is also July 21 starting at 11 a.m. and featuring the Rabbit and Poultry Shows followed by the 4-H Cat Show.
The Lamb and Goat Shows start 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. Spectators can catch the 4-H Swine Show on Thursday, July 23 starting at 10 a.m.
The fair is rounded out on Friday, July 24 with the Beef Show beginning at 8 a.m. The 4-H Livestock Auction will follow the Beef Show starting at 5 p.m.
“We do our best to consider the needs and health of buyers at the sale,” says Owings on changes to the 4-H Livestock Auction.
“Our sale generates many donations of animals for the community,” says Owings. “The traditional and community focus of the fair and sale this year should bring more awareness to all the community does to support each other.”
Averi Reynolds is the editor for the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to firstname.lastname@example.org.