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Fun at the fair!

When you're living the country life, fair time is a huge deal! Here are some favorite fair photos from our readers and staff.
  • Flash from the past

    Betsy shared this photo from the newspaper archives. The clipping reads, "Sisters show their hogs: Displaying a little bit of family enterprise, Betsy (left) and Mollie Johnson pose with their entries that won the Fitting and Showing Championship for Market Hogs at the fair."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Big bucks

    Allison Vincent prepares one of her well-groomed goats for a meat goat show at the county fairgrounds, as her dad, Rob, looks on.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Now that's a pumpkin!

    Betsy poses with the winner of the Iowa State Fair's biggest pumpkin contest. It weighed more than 1,300 pounds!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Small but mighty

    These Belgian Blue cattle may not be the tallest animal in the show ring, but what they lack in height, they make up for in muscles.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Quilted cardinal

    This beautiful, hand-crafted quilt won the top prize at the county fair, beating out dozens of other textiles.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Big pig

    The big boar is always a popular exhibit at the Iowa State Fair. This particular winner weighed almost as much as the 1,300-pound big pumpkin!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Get dirty!

    4-H kids aren't afraid of getting dirty, that's for sure. At this county fair, the 4-Hers compete in a mud volleyball tournament. After all their hard work getting their animals ready for the county fair, they deserve to blow off a little steam!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Pretty little cukes

    These blue-ribbon lemon cucumbers prove that bigger isn't always better at the fair. Produce judges look for consistency and quality rather than size.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Sheep show

    A group of 4-H kids show their market lambs at the Warren County (Iowa) Fair. The judge checks each lamb individually and observes them as the kids walk them around the show ring.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Showmanship winner

    At last year's Warren County Fair, Betsy's daughter, Caroline fulfilled her goal: to do well in the showmanship contest. She won the senior division! This contest judges the 4-Her instead of the livestock. Watch a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lirWrwZoaB0" target="new">video</a> of the competition!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Getting ready

    Lauren Engley slick shears one of her four lambs in preparation for the county fair. Looking good!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Papa's cow

    Will, Jake, and Luke Prater pose next to a cow that was part of their grandfather, John Prater's herd. When John passed away, the McGinnis family bought his cattle herd. Here, Joe McGinnis shows the boys the Hereford he has been working with and is showing at the fair.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • State fair sheep

    A reader submitted this photo to our ShareMy page, of her daughter, Faith, showing a mixed-breed sheep at the Louisiana State Fair.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Cow on the concourse

    Another reader shared this photo of her daughter, Carly, who loves showing cattle at the Green County Fair.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • First timer

    Carly's brother, Hayden, did a great job in his first time showing at the Green County Fair. He won second place in the open class division!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Thirst quencher

    This pig gets a cool drink of water in his pen at the county fair. Livestock need circulating air and plenty of water at the fair to keep from overheating.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Tractor-o-rama

    The antique tractor display is always popular at county and state fairs. Here, a row of Farmalls shine in the sun.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Tasty treats

    Judging the pies, cookies, and brownies must be a great job!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Just taking a stroll

    Milo and Otis the oxen take a walk with their owner before being shown at the fair.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013
  • Tuckered out

    Andy and Candy shared this photo of their daughter snuggling with her calf after a long weekend of showing at the fair.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: July 3, 2013

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