Houston County preps for annual fair
By Jan White
CROCKETT – Mark your calendars and get ready for the 2023 Houston County Fair and Youth Livestock Show, which begins on Saturday, March 25.
The doors will open at 8 a.m. with check-in for the horse show that takes place at 10 a.m. And at 7 p.m. that evening, the Fair’s Kick-off Concert takes place at the Crockett Civic Center, featuring country singer Josh Ward and local band, HipShot. Monday, the arena begins setup for the week’s events. Here is the schedule so far:
Tuesday, March 28
4–6 p.m. Check-in Replacement Heifers, All Market Animals, and All Breeding Animals except Rabbits & Broilers
6 p.m. Breeding Heifer Entry Deadline
4–7 p.m. Check-in Home & Garden Non-Baked Good Entries (Quilts included) @ Civic Center
7 p.m. Breeding Gilt Entry Deadline
5–6 p.m. Check-in Pet Show
6:30 p.m Introduction of Queen & Princess; Pet Show to follow
Wednesday, March 29
8-9am Check-in Home & Garden Fresh Floral & Baked Goods @ Civic Center
8:30 a.m. Check-in Broilers – Show to immediately follow
9 a.m. Civic Center closed to judge Home & Garden entries
10:30 a.m. Check-in Rabbits/Sift – Show to immediately follow
3:30–6 p.m. Civic Center open for Home & Garden viewing
5:30 p.m. Market Lamb Show followed by Market Goat Show
Pee-Wee Showmanship following the conclusion of the Lamb & Goat Show
Thursday, March 30
7–9 a.m. Check-in Shop Projects
9 a.m. Judge Shop Projects
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Civic Center open for Home & Garden viewing
1 p.m. Check-in Horse Futurity. Show to follow immediately
2 p.m. Replacement Heifer Show – Interview to follow
6 p.m. Breeding Gilt Show followed by Market Hogs
Pee-Wee Showmanship following the conclusion of the Market Hog Show
Friday, March 31
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Civic Center open for Home & Garden viewing, entries are available for pick up except Best of Show
3 p.m. In County Heifer Show
5 p.m. Market Steer Show
Pee-Wee Showmanship following the conclusion of the Heifer & Steer Show
Saturday, April 1
8 a.m. Set up Arena for Sale of Champions
10:30 a.m. Buyer Registration Open & Buyer Floor Opens
11 a.m. Buyer Social
1 p.m Sale of Champions
Load out at the conclusion of Sale
7 p.m. Buyer Appreciation Dinner with entertainment provided by Jason Allen.
Sunday, April 2
8 a.m. Load out the remaining animals
In his letter welcoming entrants to the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Association, Fair Association President Clayton Smith expressed gratitude for everyone participating in the 2022-23 events:
“First, I would like to thank all the exhibitors who participate in the fair. Without your interest, hard work, and dedication to your projects, this fair would not exist.
Our youth are our future, and we must invest our time, attention, and support toward them so that they are learning positive lessons for the future.
“To the parents, grandparents, and family members who allow their children to participate in the fair; it does not go unnoticed. I thank you for your grit and determination in making this happen for your children.
“To the many businesses and individuals who sponsor divisions, classes, trophies, and purchase projects on sale night, I cannot thank you enough. Your generosity and support for our youth go beyond expectations.
“Playing a vital role in our fair is our 4-H Leaders, Ag-Teachers, Teachers, and School Administrators. Your leadership, mentoring, and guidance is crucial, and each of you performs at the highest level. I greatly appreciate the contribution you make to our fair and to our exhibitors.
“And finally, to all the fair board members, volunteers, and committee members that spend immeasurable hours throughout the year, your dedication to our youth is unwavering. I appreciate each of you and the positive impact you have on this community and our fair.
“It is my hope that everyone enjoys the Houston County Fair and Youth Livestock Show. I would like to personally invite those interested in volunteering to join our Fair Board. Your involvement will help the Houston County Fair and Youth Livestock Show Association become stronger and better by paving a positive path for our youth.”
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