For the next few days, the Newton County Fair will be held at the county’s fairgrounds, located near Medicalodge.

Organizers are putting the final touches on the 47th annual event and encourage fair participants and the public to attend.

Starting at 2 p.m. today, the queen and princess pageant will be held at the fairgrounds.
“We have 20 candidates this year,” remarked Bill Thogmartin, A&M president. “They have already gone through the interview process. Then they will go through another interview and then a talent (today).”

After the pageant, the indoor and outdoor FFA exhibits will start to move into the fairgrounds on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon. Then, judges will judge the indoor exhibits. Organizers are noting that no equipment or bedding be put into place before Tuesday. Also, no animals on fairgrounds before Wednesday.

Wednesday is the actual day of the fair, where the fair participants will showcase their animals, various projects, food vendors and other vendors will be in place, along with the carnival to commence.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday inside the new commercial building.
“Opening ceremonies will be a flag presentation,” he said. “We put a new flag pole to dedicate the new building.”

Another event that day will be the market show at 5 p.m. and includes the goats showcased at 6 p.m., with sheep and steers at 7 p.m.

Moving onto Thursday, the fair kicks into full swing with a horse youth showmanship at 8 a.m., dairy cattle at 1 p.m. and entertainment at 8 p.m., to name a few of the activities.
“We have bands every night, live music, all free,” said Thogmartin.

For Friday, fair participants will showcase beef at 8 a.m., sheep at 2 p.m. and a chicken chase at 8 p.m.

In the past, there was a pig scramble, but that has been replaced by the chicken chase, where children will get to chase chickens inside the horse arena.
Saturday’s events include the livestock judging at 8:30 a.m., pee wee showmanship at 2 p.m., livestock auction at 7 p.m. and the fair ends later on that evening.
For more information, please call Thogmartin at 825-3683.

Schedule of events


2 p.m. queen and princess pageant at the fairgrounds


8 a.m. to noon: indoor and outdoor FFA exhibits must be in place

2 p.m.: judge indoor exhibits


Noon: all livestock in place

Noon to 3 p.m.: weigh-in steers

1 to 3 p.m.: weigh-in sheep, swine, and goats

3 p.m.: poultry state blood tests must be completed

4 p.m.: commercial building opens

4 p.m.: opening ceremonies

4 p.m.: broiler pen show

5 p.m.: market show

7 p.m.: open rabbit show

Midnight: all market poultry must be removed from cages

Midnight: fair closes


8 a.m.: horse youth showmanship

8 a.m.: swine (market and breeding)

9 a.m.: poultry

10:30 a.m.: rabbit

Noon: 4-H exhibits bulling opens

1 p.m.: dairy cattle

4 p.m.: dairy goats

7 p.m.: Western horsemanship/pleasure/hunt seat

7 p.m.: lead-line sheep

8 p.m.: entertainment

Midnight: fair closes


8 a.m.: beef

8 a.m.: horse trail

2 p.m.: sheep followed by Boer goats

6 p.m.: goat costume contest

8 p.m.: chicken chase/show-de-o

8 p.m.: entertainment

Midnight: fair closes


8 a.m.: open horse show

8:30 a.m.: livestock judging

10 a.m.: round robin

1 p.m.: award recognition

2 p.m.: pee-wee showmanship

3 p.m.: pedal tractor pull

3:30 p.m.: market sale participant meeting

7 p.m.: livestock auction

8 p.m.: entertainment

9 p.m.: indoor exhibits and animals will be released by superintendent