The Morgan County Fair Board is excited about the 2014 fair already underway. This dedicated bunch has been working hard to ensure this year will continue to be a success! While there is too much to say about the fair, here are some highlights.
Utah’s Fallen Warriors
Buried deep underground, a slurry wall kept the Hudson River from the World Trade Center’s foundation before the terrorist attack in 2001. This piece of history survived the attack and has been turned into a memorial for Utah’s Fallen Warriors and those who lost their lives on 9/11. “This is what our nation is all about. We’re firm we’re strong,” Raette Belcher explained of the memorial. After taking a tour through Utah, including the stop in Morgan, the monument will be placed at Fort Douglas.
Special Needs Rodeo
“We want to make sure the whole community is able to participate in the biggest little fair in Utah,” Kris-E Snyder stated. With nearly 80 special needs residents in Morgan, the fair has started a rodeo just for them. It will include roping, stick barrel racing, bucking machine and horseback riding. The new event will be Saturday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. It is free for participants and spectators. The special needs group has been very supportive of activities throughout Morgan. Come experience this special event!
Hardworking youth around the valley have been caring for sheep, hogs and steers and they are ready to part with them at the livestock auction, which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. This is a youth led program and they are picking up the reigns. In addition to learning how to raise animals, participants are learning business practices and accounting. They have also worked on their communication skills by approaching individuals and businesses about the upcoming sale.
The participants will be judged in three categories. 1) Showmanship is judging the kids and their ability. 2) Market is a look at the build and muscle of the animal. 3) The carcass section of the competition. In this third aspect of the competition, the animals will have an ultrasound and the meat is graded according to its quality. The winner of this category will be announced right before the auction. This helps the buyer know they are getting “the best” meat.
Livestock Judging Contest
This new event isn’t just a competition, but a learning experience. On Friday, Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. everyone is invited to learn how to judge animals. After learning the skills needed, participants will put them to the test trying out their skill judging sheep, hogs and steers. The scores of the would-be judges will be tallied and a winner will be announced on Saturday at the Livestock Pavilion.
Transportation from the parking lot to the main fair events will be provided, especially around the evening entertainment. This service will aid those who may have a difficult time walking distances but would like to enjoy what the fair has to offer.