POINT PLEASANT — This year’s Mason County Fair will see well more than 300 livestock projects being exhibited by local FFA and 4-H members.
According to Lorrie Wright, WVU extension educator, as it stands, there are 340 exhibitors who have taken on a livestock project in Mason County through FFA and 4-H clubs.
This year, the exhibition numbers are as follows:
There are 101 market hogs registered by exhibitors, which is up from last year’s number that was just below 100.
Market meat goats went from around 60 exhibitors last year to 85 this year, making it the animal that shows the most significant growth, in terms of popularity of livestock projects, when compared to 2014.
There are 43 lambs scheduled to take the show ring. This number does not include the 10 special lambs for the special lamb show.
There are 36 replacement heifers and 47 feeder calves scheduled to show. There are 28 market steers hoping to enter the ring as well.
Of course, all exhibitors must make weight and meet other criteria to compete in the market classes, but if those numbers hold true, many people say it could be a big and busy fair week in the livestock show ring.
The livestock show schedule is as follows next week for the Mason County Fair:
Monday, Aug. 10, 5 p.m., Market Hog Showmanship followed by Market Hog Show. Tuesday, Aug. 11, 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. 12, 3 p.m., Replacement Heifer Show; 6 p.m., Commercial Feeder Show. Thursday, Aug. 13, 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. 14.
Market livestock will be sold at the sale starting at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14.
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