Fair is fast approaching

Grass Green fair books are out in businesses around town or available in the Extension Office. The county fair will be August 15 – 19, 2006. Pick up a fair book and make plans to enter your creations this year.

And don’t be shy about entering your creations.
Crafts and Hobbies is the most popular department at the Quay County Fair.

Items include handmade jewelry to handmade furniture, snakeskin belts, tole painted baskets and anything else people may be doing as a hobby.  Even if a specific item is not included in the fair book, hobbyists are encouraged to enter their handmade items.  Superintendents of the department will try to find a category in which to enter each item.

 Due to the popularity of this department it has been broken into two departments, a junior and an adult.  These two departments will be run by the Tabosa FCE Club.

Yes, it is so large that it takes a whole club to get this area together.  Each department will have the same classes and lots.

The items for each department will be displayed in different areas and have different sets of judges.  Watch for the signs to make sure you get in the right place to enter. 

A class for dolls has been added to the Crafts & Hobbies Department at the Quay County Fair.  

The class includes lots for handmade dolls, doll clothes, doll accessories, doll furniture and display pieces.  There are many doll makers in Quay County who can show off their wonderful work in this department.  Gather your dolls and other items and head on down to the fair before noon on Aug. 15.

The only requirement is that you must be a resident of Quay County and the exhibit must have been finished after Aug. 16, 2005.

As times change so do our hobbies, fewer people are making their own clothing, but many are still sewing.  For this reason, the Clothing department has changed to the Sewing department and has added classes for home décor and accessories.

There is a spot for everyone to enter their sewing creations. Anything made in the past year is eligible, including garments made for other contests. Garments will be released to contestants to wear in the Shepherd’s Lead Contest, so you can make one outfit and enter it in two contests.

There are categories for youth to enter their creations as well as adults and professionals. Show off your garments and help this department grow!  Shepherd’s Lead Contest garments will once again be displayed in a special display by the clothing department. Come check out this beautiful work.  The new clothing superintendent is Christine Steig.

It is especially designed for sculptures from fruits and vegetables. The superintendent for the department will be Dellia Sue Winett and the department will be located next to the baking department.

The rules are simple: Displays must be made of all edible items with a produce base and toothpicks or matchsticks may be used for anchoring.  Currently the classes are: Animals, Centerpieces, Garnishes, and Other. More classes will be added as the department grows. 

There’s also a new contest, called the Booster Buck Calf Contest which will be on Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. prior to the heifer show. This is bound to be a show stopper as youngsters from the ages of 4 to 8 attempt to show a doggie calf. These calves were born between March 1 and July 1 and are eating from a bottle or bucket. These babies must be halter broke before they can show. 

The Junior Livestock Sale which will be Aug 19 at 6 p.m.  
Because of the tremendous support area friends and merchants have demonstrated in the past, Quay Co. 4-H and FFA members have benefited by being able to   further their education and younger members continue in the Junior Livestock Program.

If you are interested in making an investment in these youth, but are unable to attend this sale, please call 461-1184 or 487-2037 and arrangements can be made to purchase an animal.  All these donations are tax deductible and can be sent to : Quay County Junior Livestock Sale, Drawer B, Tucumcari, NM 88401.

Information provided by the Quay County Extension Office.