Almost a month ago, households around Morgan County received the 2012 fair book covered in artwork by Tyler Sierra Fowers. This year’s theme ‘There’s Fun for the Whole Herd at the Morgan County Fair’ was portrayed on the cover and the contents of the book kept that promise. This year a wide variety of activities are planned with the hopes of offering something for everyone. The fair encompasses a weeks’ worth of activities beginning on Thursday, July 26, and wrapping up Saturday, Aug. 4. If you do not have a copy of this year’s fair book, there are extras at area businesses or you can download a copy at www.morgannewspaper.com. The guide details where, how and when to enter, participate, and attend all of this year’s fair activities.
The schedule of events has actually already begun with the 4-H horse show on Thursday, July 26 and will continue on Friday, July 27. Horses keep their spot of center stage throughout the week with the junior rodeo on Monday at 7 p.m., open horse show on Tuesday at 6 p.m., and the definitive rodeos on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. These events will all be held at the Morgan County fairgrounds.
Kami Call will give her last wave as she relinquishes her title of Morgan County Fair Rodeo Queen to the 2012 winner. This contest involves interviews, modeling and horsemanship and the winner will be announced on Monday, July 30. 2011 Head Wrangler Levi Vigoren will tip his hat to the new winner on Tuesday, July 31.
Saturday will get things up and running with the second annual Morgan Valley Marathon. If you aren’t ready to take on one of the races make sure to cheer for the runners who will experience our beautiful Morgan Valley. The race is fairly new and has proved to be a great addition to the fair. Offering an activity that hasn’t been provided in the past, the marathon not only brings in many new participants but it has also raised a lot of money to help local families dealing with major health struggles.
Saturday evening Morgan County will break out lawn chairs and blankets to stake claim on their piece of Trojan Boulevard for the fair parade. Floats, decorated cars, and performance teams will begin at the high school at 6 p.m. on July 30, and travel north wrapping around on 125 North. Taking a right onto Commercial Street the procession will make its way east to the fairgrounds.
This year’s Grand Marshals are Milan and Susan Mecham honored for their contribution and dedication to Morgan and helping others in many capacities.
Fair attendees will be delighted to see new and old activities. Doting mothers and fathers will be able to show off their babies in the annual baby contest and diaper derby. Make sure to pre-register if you want your baby to participate. Contests testing the mind and body include “Are you smarter than a 5th grader,” “Fair’s Amazing Race,” Family Double Dare, Family Obstacle, and Puzzle Challenge. There are several cooking events and some eating events.
Children will be delighted under the dream tent where they can create a “Fair Friends Forever” doll, duck, kaleidoscope, animal or horse. Or they can fulfill dreams of becoming “Princess for the Day” or “Fair Marshall for the Day.” The make and take tent offers a quick inexpensive spot to make crafts including survival bands, candy bandanas, decorated flip flops, color your own fair shirt, marshmallow shooters, Flarp and hair feathers.
Groups from around the county have been creating works of art in the form of warm pieces of fabric pieced in ornate designs and patterns. The quilt contest has become a fun competition between areas. The quilts are hung in the exhibit building where they are voted upon to decide people’s choice. The quilts are then auctioned.
If burning rubber and high speeds are what revs your engines, Wednesday night’s ATV Rodeo and Thursday night’s demolition derby might be up your alley.
Throughout the fair there is plenty of opportunity to see animals raised by our local youth. Chickens, rabbits, pigs, cows, horses and more are worth walking through the animal area along the west side of the fairgrounds. Watching the young 4-H participants show their animals is sure to give a sense of respect for their hard work.
There are many more events that will take place throughout the week, so take a look at the schedule and bring your “Whole Herd” for a great time to visit with neighbors and celebrate living in Morgan together. Visit our facebook page The Morgan County News to tell us what you are most looking forward to at the fair or describe your favorite memory.