POINT PLEASANT — This year, the number of livestock projects being exhibited by local FFA and 4-H members at the Mason County Fair are on the rise, when compared to 2015 statistics.
Next week, 354 exhibitors have registered to show livestock, up from last year’s 340 registered exhibitors, according to Lorrie Wright, WVU extension educator.
This year, the exhibition numbers are as follows:
There are 135 market hogs registered by exhibitors, up from last year’s 101, and up from 2014’s numbers which were just below 100.
The number of exhibitors showing market meat goats dropped from last year’s 85 exhibitors to 62.
There are 53 lambs scheduled to take the show ring, this number includes special lamb projects. Last year, there were 43 lambs shown but this number did not include the special lamb projects.
There are 36 replacement heifers being shown which indicates no change from the number shown last year. The number of commercial feeder calves being shown has increased, going from 47 in 2015 to 61 for this year.
There has been a significant drop in the number of market steers being shown this year, going from 28 in 2015 to only seven.
Of course, all exhibitors must make weight and meet other criteria to compete in the market classes, but if those numbers hold true, they indicate a busy fair week in the livestock show ring.
Exhibitors will start checking in their livestock on Sunday for the fair which begins on Monday, Aug. 8-13.
The livestock show schedule is as follows next week for the Mason County Fair:
Monday, Aug. 8 – 8 a.m., showmanship for hogs, goats, lambs, heifers, feeder calves and steers; 5 p.m., Market Hog Show. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 9:15 a.m., Kid Kids Show, 11 a.m., Market Meat Goat, Jr. Dairy and Open Goat Show; 6 p.m., Market Lamb Show and Special Lamb Show.
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 3 p.m., Replacement Heifer Show; 6 p.m., Commercial Feeder Show.
Thursday, Aug. 11, 9:50 a.m., Youngun’s Calf Show, 10 a.m., Open Beef Cattle Show followed by Junior Beef Show; 2 p.m., Mason County Special Needs Goat Show; 4 p.m., Market Steer Show; 6 p.m., Junior and Open Dairy Show.
Master Showmanship Contest is held at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12.
Market livestock will be sold at the sale starting at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12.
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