Special to the Quay County Sun
As the Quay County fair readies for its 100th year celebration here are some of the highlights and preparations entrants will want to know about. And a calendar of activities for fair-goers.
For more information, refer to your fair book, or contact Brenda Bishop at 461- 0562.
Fair started with agricultural products
In 1907 when the Fair began, people came from all around to show off their garden produce and crops. In keeping with this tradition, the Agricultural Products Department still exhibits the county’s best.
The Agriculture Products Department has been moved to the main building and will be located in the Northeast corner. Entries are open to everyone. There are categories for Field Crops, Fruits, Nuts, Vegetables and even Eggs. Competition is tough as Quay County shows we have some of the best farmers and gardeners in the state. Ted Peabody and April Barry do a fantastic job as superintendents of this department. There is even a special sweepstakes award provided by the Farmer’s Market.
Sewing Department gets a facelift.
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 been renamed 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 twice. 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 clothing superintendent is Christine Steig.
New Department – Artistic Food Display
Have you ever seen a goldfish made from a Brussels Sprout or and apple that was turned into a swan. This will be our second year for the “Artistic Food Display” Department. There was a lot of interest in this department last year, so it has been expanded. The department will be located next to the baking department and Pat Wallace will serve as the superintendent. The items in this department will be very unique and interesting. The rules are simple: Displays must be made of all edible items. Toothpicks or matchsticks may be used for anchoring. There have been new classes added this year for all fruit, all vegetable, sweets, or combination creations. Under each class are lots for Animals, Centerpieces, Garnishes, and Other.
Stop by and check out these creations or better yet let your imagination go wild next time you pick up a zucchini and turn it into a dachshund or something.
Catch-It Heifer Scramble
Come to the Rodeo Arena on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. to watch 7 youth attempt to catch a calf, put a halter on it and lead it to the finish line. The successful youth will receive a heifer from a donor that they will take care of all year and show at next year’s fair. If they complete all of the requirements of the project, they get to keep the heifer and start their own herd. This project is very beneficial as the youth will be able to use the calves from the heifer to help with their college expenses. The youth will learn record keeping skills as they must turn in monthly reports to the committee and their donor.
Travis Nelson Building Dedication
Come one and come all to a party in the Travis Nelson Building at the fairgrounds. Help us celebrate our 100th fair. This reception will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in the building with the green roof. The special speaker will be Mayor Mary. Refreshments will be provided by the Extension Association of Quay County. Come out and see the hard work of many fair board members, 4-Hers and their families, and the Extension ladies as we show off the updates to one of the original fair buildings.
Carnival arrives Wednesday
Sun Valley Rides will be returning to Tucumcari for a seventh year and will play Wednesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. They will have a variety of rides for all ages. An all day ride pass will be around $22.00 at the carnival and they will also sell books of tickets. This is the same carnival as last year, which had many great rides that were in good condition. For 2007 they have added the Go Gator Coaster
The fair board is selling all day ride tickets in advance for only $15. These specially priced tickets will only be on sale until Wednesday at 3 p.m. This is a savings of approximately $7 per ticket. To get your ticket stop by the Extension Office, Bobs Budget Pharmacy, Chamber of Commerce, Tucumcari Ranch Supply, Holiday Gas, and at the Information Booth at the fair.
Junior Livestock Shows
For our Youth the Livestock Shows are the highlight of their year. This is where they show off the months of hard work of caring for their animals. The large animal shows will have a slightly different schedule this year. Each show will begin with a booster show (except for steers and heifers). This show is for youngsters who are not old enough to be in 4-H. They will all receive a ribbon. Then all of the animals of that species that were raised by breeders in Quay County will show in the county bred show. These youth will be competing for a county bred champion belt buckle. The buckles for the county bred show are sponsored by the FFA chapters and the 4-H Council.
A new show will be the First Year Feeders show for that species. This show will be open to any youth who has not shown at a county level before in the particular species. They youth will be competing for a cash award. Then we will have the regular show with the animals divided in their species or classes. The winners of each class will compete for breed champion and or grand champion. Following the regular show, there will be a special showmanship show, where the judge will judge the youth on their showing skills and not the animal on its confirmation. These youth will also be competing for a buckle.
See schedule for event times and dates.
Free Breakfast Wednesday Morning
Join the Tucumcari Baptist Association for a free breakfast on Wednesday, August 15 beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Quay County Fair. They will be serving up the Southwest’s favorite breakfast for those on the go, a breakfast burrito. Look for them at the tables on the south end of the fair building and enjoy some good fellowship with breakfast.
Home Arts Sweepstakes Award
Last year, the total number of entries and the minimum number of departments required for qualifying for this award were lower to entice more people to try out for this award. And it worked. We had several people try for the award.
The winner in 2006 was Terry White. The winner of the Annual Home Arts Sweepstakes Award Contest. will receive cash, gift certificates, nice gifts and other prizes. Some of his/her entries will be displayed together in a special booth. “Some changes have been made to this contest at the request of several participants. We hope the changes will create new interest in the award”, said Brenda Bishop, Extension Home Economist. The Extension Association of Quay County sponsors the award with a cash prize and other prizes are donated by area businesses.
White is the superintendent of this contest. Forms may be picked up and turned in to the information booth during the fair. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and enter no less than 12 items in at least 3 of the following departments: canning, baking, clothing, quilts, needlework, crafts and hobbies, fine arts, flower show, and agriculture products. The form is to be submitted to the contest superintendent by noon on Tuesday with department, class, lot and description completed. Points will be assigned by the superintendent, counting three points for each first place ribbon down to one point for each third place ribbon on all items entered. Any ties will be broken by a blue ribbon count. Additional points are awarded to Extension Club members, 4-H leaders and Fair Superintendents because they are busy getting ready for the fair and putting on the fair.
Previous winners include Maxine Wallace, Pat Wallace, Marie Sims, Mary Jane Oldham, Bernice Cosner, Shirley Bruhn, Dianne Meeks, Evelyn Coughenour, Dellia Sue Winnett, Hope Garrett, Betty Bason, Laura Baker and Terry White.
Home Arts Department
The Home Arts Departments are located in the north end of the fair building and consist of Baking, Canning, Clothing, Needlework, Quilts, Fine Arts, Crafts & Hobbies, Ceramics, Dolls, Girl Scouts, 4-H Educational, Agricultural Products, Club, Educational, and Commercial Booths and the Flower Show. All entries including the Flower Show will be accepted on Monday, August 13th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, August 14th from 8:00 a.m. until noon. To enter, all you have to do is take your items to the appropriate department. The superintendents will help you fill out the entry form and tag your exhibit. Entries in these departments are open to any resident of Quay County and Conchas, and there are no entry fees. Each department will have junior and adult divisions, with professionals being judged separately from amateurs. All winners receive premium money in addition to ribbons.
Fine Arts Department
New department superintendent, Judy Ross, has recruited the Quay County Fine Arts League to assist her with the Fine Arts De partment which was totally revamped last year. To find out all of the details, pick up a fair book. There are still sections for paintings, drawings, sculpture, creati ve writing, photography and music. Under each section there is a class for the type of media and then categories for people, animals, flower, landscapes and more. This will give an artist several opportunities to show their work. In order to protect your masterpieces, all pictures must be framed and ready to hang. Photographs need to be matted and suitable for hanging, too. Entries need to be created within the past year. Amateurs, juniors, and professionals will be judged separately.
This department also has a special division for pre-juniors who are 0 to 10 years of age. Entries in this age group do not have to be framed. So grandmas this is a great opportunity to enter your budding artist’s work.
To go along with new technology, there are classes in the fine arts department for Computer Enhanced Photography, and Computer Art. We look forward to seeing the creativity these new classes will bring in. As the interest grows, we will update the lots and classes.
Crafts and hobbies
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, handmade dolls, 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 Logan Extension Club and some volunteers from some other clubs. Dellia Sue Winnett will be the lead superintendent. 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. The only requirements are that you must be a resident of Quay County and the exhibit must have been finished after August 15, 2006.
The Pet Parade is a favorite of the young and old alike. The Parade will be a definite video moment. Children up to 12 may enter their pet in the parade. All pets must be on a leash or in a cage. Pets range from dogs and cats to unusual pets such as turtles and goats. Children 2 and under may bring their favorite stuffed toy animal to the parade. Entries will be taken at 12:45 p.m., and the show begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, at the Show Arena. Children will need to know their name and the pet’s name and if the pet does a trick. Each child will have an opportunity to visit with the emcee about his or her pet. So bring your video camera and watch the show as the children parade their pets. Our senior 4-H members will coordinate this event.
Booster showmanship for young children
Once again, we will be having Booster Showmanship Contests at the Quay County Fair. These contests are open to all youngsters under the age of nine. There will be classes for lambs, goats and pigs. These shows provide young children with experience in handling the animals and preparing them for future showmanship classes when they become old enough to show in 4 H and FFA classes. To enter, the child must borrow an animal, which is already entered in the fair, either from a family member or a friend, and sign up with the Department Superintendent prior to the show. The Booster Swine Show will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, the Booster Goat Show will be will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, and the Booster Lamb Show will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
The Itty Bitty Rodeo
One of the favorite events … This event is open to all young children. It will be at 10 a .m. on Aug. 18.
Little cowpokes bring their own stick horses and compete in several events. All participants receive a ribbon. The Itty Bitty Rodeo is a fun event for the whole family and the perfect photo opportunity.
The Quay County Farm and Livestock Bureau is sponsoring a Horseshoe Pitching Tournament at 1 p.m. on Aug. 18 in the permanent Horseshoe Pitching Pits, on the north side of the fairgrounds. It is open to all ages and genders. National Horseshoe Pitching Association Rules will be followed with women and boys under 14 pitching from 30 feet, and men pitching from 40 feet. Doubles and singles rounds will be played.
Entry fees are: $10 for doubles and $5 for singles, and trophies will be awarded. This event is sponsored by the Farm Bureau, and half of the proceeds will go toward Farm Bureau sponsored and supported events. Some of the proceeds are used to purchase animals during the Junior Livestock Sale.
To enter this tournament, be at the Horseshoe Pits by 1 p.m. For more information contact Larry Perkins.
What’s your bid for this animal
With a rap of the auctioneer’s gavel and his query, “What do you bid for this animal?”, thus begins another Junior Livestock Sale at the Quay County Fair. The Junior Livestock Sale was created as a learning experience for 4 H and FFA youngsters who have taken on the responsibility of raising and exhibiting animals such as sheep, swine, and cattle. The exhibitor qualifies to be in the Junior Livestock Sale by having his/her animal place top in its respective class during shows held throughout the week at the Quay County Fair. To have an animal in the Sale means more than financial rewards — it’s hard to place a dollar amount on the blood, sweat and tears it takes to get the animal to the sale.
By purchasing an animal at the Sale, the business or individual becomes an active supporter of the 4 H and FFA programs. This contribution is an investment in the youth’s future. The lessons learned in livestock projects are often hard ones, but the experience and rewards are gratifying. The pride of ownership, sense of accomplishment, and the understanding of financial responsibility has been the intent of the Quay County Fair and the Junior Livestock Sale since its inception. The sale will be the final activity of the Quay County Fair. It will be at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18.
For information on participating as a sale buyer, contact Nick LeCompte at Holiday Gas.
Do you like horses?
The Quay County 4-H Horse Program is growing by leaps and bounds. These 4-Hers and FFAers have the opportunity to show what they learned in their projects during the Quay County Fair Horse Show. The Horse Show will be on Saturday, August 18th beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Rodeo Arena. Spectators are welcome. The youth will compete in the usual events including showmanship, western pleasure, western horsemanship, barrel racing, and pole bending. There will also be Mare and Gelding Classes. Just for fun is the egg race event. Come out and see these up and coming stars.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Home Arts Exhibits Accepted.
Building will close at 7 p.m.
Entries in all departments accepted
8 a.m. Departments open to receive entries
Noon Entry Deadline: Home Arts Sweepstakes applications due, Agriculture Products, Rabbits Poultry, Commercial Exhibits, All Booths & Flower Show
Noon to 6 p.m.: Home Arts and Flower Exhibits closed for judging
6 p.m. Fair opens
7 p.m. Shepherd’s Lead Contest (Show Arena)
8 p.m. Catch It Heifer Scramble (Rodeo Arena)
7 a.m. Breakfast by Tucumcari Baptist Association
9 a.m. Rabbit Show Poultry Show (Following Rabbit Show)
5 p.m. Fair Anniversary Reception
6 p.m. Swine Show
10 a.m. Goat Show
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Watermelon Feed
6 p.m. Lamb Show
4:30 p.m. Heifer Show
6:30 p.m. Steer Show
Saturday – Family Day
8 a.m. Horse Show (Rodeo Arena)
9 a.m. Goat Roping (Farm Bureau)
10 a.m. Itty Bitty Rodeo (Show Arena)
1 p.m. Pet Parade (Show Arena)
1 p.m. Horse Shoe Pitching Contest (Farm Bureau)
4 p.m. Buyers Appreciation Barbeque
6 p.m. Junior Livestock Sale (Show Arena)
9 p.m. Remove Exhibits and Award Premiums
4-H Concession stand is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bluegrass Music Daily in the Exhibit Hall