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Animal Exhibits at the Gratiot County Fair for Youth

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General Facts

alpacas

Alpacas are shown on Monday, August 6 at 1:00 p.m. in the covered arena.

Animal exhibits are brought in for the day of the show and are not stabled on the grounds during the fair.

Several local Alpaca breeders are located in Gratiot County. These animals are coveted for their soft fiber which is shaved and spun in the same way as in sheep.

One 4-H club in Gratiot County is dedicated to learning more about Alpacas and their fiber.

beef

The Market Beef Show is 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7 in the Covered Arena.  Beef Showmanship is 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8 in the Covered Arena.  Market Beef animals will be sold on Friday, August 10.


Beef animals are housed during the week in the Beebe Beef and Ashley Ithaca Livestock Barns.

Several local Gratiot County producers raise and sell beef cattle.  Several outstanding market beef show animals will be shown and exhibited.

Market beef steers are one of the longest projects exhibited at the fair.  Exhibitors must register their market projects in February.

cats and pocket pets

The Cat and Pocket Pet show is 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 5 in the Covered Arena.

Cats and pocket pets will be brought in for the show only and are not housed on the grounds.

This will be an opportunity for our exhibitors to show their pet projects.  While exhibits vary from year to year in the past we have had cats, guinea pigs (cavies), hamsters, gerbils, turtles, lizards and ferrets exhibited.

dairy

The Dairy Show is 9:00 a.m., Thursday, August 9 in the Covered Arena.


Dairy animals are stabled in the Dairy Barn on the fairgrounds.

Gratiot County produces a staggering volume of milk from its numerous dairy farms scattered throughout the county.  Products created from local cows include milk, ice cream, cheese, and cream.

Cows exhibited in the dairy classes include calves, heifers which have yet to produce milk and milking cows.

Dogs

The Dog Show is 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 4 in the Covered Arena.  Dogs and their handlers will exhibit in showmanship, obedience and agility (like an obstacle course) classes.


For the safety of dogs, other animals and people, dogs are only allowed on the fairgrounds during the show and there are no dogs housed on the grounds during the week.

 
feeder beef

The Market Feeder Beef Show is 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7 in the Covered Arena.  Beef & Feeder Showmanship is 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8 in the Covered Arena.  Market Feeder Beef animals will be sold on Friday, August 10.


Feeder beef animals are housed during the week in the new Feeder Barn.

With its numerous dairy farms, several dairy steers are raised and sold for beef in Gratiot County.  The feeder beef class exhibits young beef steers which are under 650 pounds.  Most steers are black and white Holsteins but look for other dairy breeds as you look through the Feeder Barn as well. 

goats

The Goat Show is 4:00 p.m., Monday, August 6 in the Covered Arena.  Market goats are sold on Friday, August 10.


Goats are housed in the Dairy Barn and will be stabled in new goat pens purchased in 2012.

 
horses

Horse and ponies are stabled in our two horse barns throughout the week of fair.  A pony ride company will be located outside of the south end of the large horse barn.

Horse exhibition times:
4:30 p.m., Monday, August 6 – Fun Show – Horse Arena
9:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 8 - Dressage, Trail, Western Riding & Reining – Horse Arena
6:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8 – Gymkhana (Speed), Costume, Free Style Reining, and Alumni Classes – Horse Arena
9:00 a.m., Thursday, August 9 - Showmanship, English, Western and Hunter Hack – Horse Arena
7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 9 – Heavy-Weight Horse Pull – Covered Arena
6:00 p.m., Saturday, August 11 – Rodeo – Horse Arena

Horses capture our imaginations and our hearts with their big brown eyes, soft fur and body built for work.  Still today in Gratiot County, horses are trained for shows, racing, and contesting.  In a few short decades ago, agriculture, heavy work, transportation, and sport in Gratiot County were dependent on horses. 

While piston engines may have replaced much of the heavy work horses provided in a bygone era, they will never replace the bond which is formed between a person and their equine companion.

Several 4-H clubs in the county help train exhibitors to become better equestrians while also teaching youth life skills such as leadership, communiction, and marketable skills.

poultry

Poultry Judging is 9:30 a.m., Monday, August 6 in the Small Animal Barn. Showmanship is 1:00 p.m., Monday, August 6 in the Covered Arena. Market Poultry exhibits are sold on Friday, August 10.

Poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and wildfowl) are exhibited in the Small Animal Barn throught the week.

 
rabbits

The Rabbit Show is 9:00 a.m., Monday, August 6 in the Covered Arena.  Market rabbit projects will be sold on Friday, August 10.


Rabbit projects are exhibited in the Small Animal Barn throughout the week.

Rabbits are not only companion animals used as pets. Angora rabbits have extremely long fur which is harvested when they shed and spun into exceptionally soft angora yarn. There are several tasty recipes which use rabbits.

Rabbit exhibitors are expected to learn to examine their animals throus a series of several steps.

There are several breeds of rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Rabbits range in size from small dwarfs which may only weigh 3 pounds full grown to large giant breeds which will weight several pounds.

Sheep

The Market Sheep Show is 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7 in the Covered Arena. Sheep Showmanship is 9:00 a.m., Wedensday, August 8 in the Covered Arena. Market Sheep animals are sold on Friday, August 10.

Sheep are stabled in the Sheep Barn throughout fair week.

 

The Market Swine Show is 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 7 in the Covered Arena. Swine Showmanship is 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8 in the Covered Arena. Market Pigs are sold on August 10.

Pigs are penned in the Swine Barn for the enitre week of the fair.

 

For information on how you can get involved exhibiting livestock at the fair, contact the fair office at 989.875.5292 or the Gratiot County 4-H Program at 989.875.5233.