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Congratulations 2020 O’Brien County King and Queen

Congratulations to the 2020 O’Brien County Fair Royalty!

 

2020-2021 Fair Queen is Paige Dagel, daughter of Paul and Stacey Dagel of Sanborn. 2020-2021 Fair King is Eric Mars, son of Kevin and Jennifer Mars. 2020-2021 Fair Princess is Sierra Stamer, daughter of Kevin and Karie Stamer of Hospers. Other candidates are Emily Chicoine, Trey Haag, Olivia Grooters, Arianna Frerk, Claire Sells, Samantha Sauer, Samantha Noteboom, Jason Wittrock, and Jack Farquhar.

2020 Food for Fair

Message to our animal exhibitors and their families – due to the Corona 19 pandemic, we will not have our usual food court or 4H food stand available this year. We will have the Gobblestop truck and ice cream truck located next to the 4H food stand for your use. The Gobblestop is a fully licensed year-around food truck that met the covid restrictions when this started. Pam worked hard to get the ice cream truck licensed so we can have something normal at the fair. You may also bring food from home (please clean up after yourself) or visit the food establishments in Primghar (Pizza Ranch, Shortees, Pro-Go).

2020 Camping Information

The Fair Board will not be hosting any camping at the fair this year. All the spots owned by the City will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please make sure you register and pay the City if you want to camp this year.
The spots in the hay field (by the overflow parking) are owned by the Fair Board and will NOT be available this year.

2020 Fair to be Live-Streamed

The Fair Board is excited to announce that Fuller Digital Solutions will be live-streaming all our livestock shows and other events at the fair this year. Special shout out to the O’Brien County Farm Bureau for sponsoring this!
What does this mean – for our static exhibitors, Fuller Digital will be doing a video after judging that will feature the projects and ribbon results. This will be available to view later.
For our Communication/Clothing Event/Working Exhibitors – County council members will be helping with the video taping and Fuller Digital will edit the recording and post the complied video later.
For our horse show exhibitors – Fuller will be live-streaming the entire show.
The Queen/King Coronation will be live-streamed from the Wayne Maass Memorial Stage.
For our remaining livestock/animal shows – Fuller Digital will be live-streaming each of these show.
What if you can’t watch the live-stream – no problem. Each live-stream event will be recorded and posted for viewing later.
Watch for more details and live-stream links to be posted later.
We had hoped that everyone could be here in person to watch the shows but we felt that limiting spectators to exhibitors and family members only is the safest thing to do as many of our volunteers and their families fall in the “at risk” category. By providing live-streaming, we hope that you can still experience the fair without being there.

2020 O’Brien County Fair Royalty

Judging for the 2020 O’Brien County Fair Royalty was held Sunday, May 31st at Grace Lutheran Church in Primghar. The candidates were judged by Dani Rehder and Sterling Meyer. Candidates participated in individual and group interviews. The King, Queen, and Princess will be crowned Sunday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. Due to Covid-19 guidelines the Fair Board and Royalty Committee request only family members to attend the coronation. This years queen candidates are, Samantha Noteboom of Sheldon, Trey Haag of Primghar, Paige Dagel of Sanborn, Claire Sells of Granville, Sierra Stamer of Hospers, Arianna Frerk of Paullina, Olivia Grooters of Sanborn, Samantha Sauer of Hospers, and Emily Chicoine of Primghar. The king candidates are Jack Farquhar of Sutherland, Eric Mars of Paullina, and Jason Wittrock of Primghar. Our 2020 Royalty will be crowned by our 2019 Queen Anna Friedrichsen of Sutherland, King Mitchell Hunt of Granville, and Princess Jillian Heemstra of Primghar. Once again, due to Covid-19 concerns, the Fair Board requests only family members to attend. A live-stream of the event can be found on Fuller Digital Solution’s Facebook page, the O’Brien County Fair Facebook page, or on the O’Brien County 4-H app.

2020 Beef Project Information Update

O’Brien County Beef Project Families:

As you have likely been made aware, the Fair Board has elected to move forward with a single day event this year per species. We are thankful to give our exhibitors this opportunity, as many other counties in the state have chosen to completely cancel their fairs.

The 2020 O’Brien County Fair Beef Show is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st, 2020.

Please understand that due to the circumstances, no activity for beef projects will be allowed on the fairgrounds until Tuesday, July 21st at this time. There will be no night security, so any items brought in overnight will be at your own risk. Please be courteous of other species and their assigned days.

Communication will be more important this year than ever, so please be sure to let us know about any changes you have had with your cattle since the winter weigh-in.

 

Schedule is as follows:

  • Cattle may arrive at the fairgrounds on Tuesday morning; trailers will follow instructions for unloading in an efficient manner.
  • Market cattle will be weighed from 6AM – 9AM.
  • The 2020 Beef Show will start at 10:00 AM with Pens of 3 in the open pens. The lead cattle portion of our show will plan to tentatively start at 11:00AM.
  • Tentative Show Order:
    • Pen of 3
    • Breeding Heifers
    • Cow/Calf Pairs
    • Feeder Calves
    • 30 Minute Break
    • Market Heifers
    • Market Steers
    • Showmanship – Seniors first, then Intermediates, followed by Juniors.

Other important information to note:

  • The wash rack will be open, but we are strongly encouraging you to wash at home before trailering to the fairgrounds.
  • Market cattle will not be ultra-sounded due to time constraints.
  • Stalls will not be assigned by the beef committee, but instead we will assign “club areas” per barn. Many will choose not to stall in the barns, but please be cognizant of younger 4-H’ers who might like to stall in the barns.
    • If you choose not to stall in the barns, you MUST stay on the fairgrounds with your set-up.
  • Due to the uniqueness of this years show, bedding will not be provided. Please make arrangements to bring your own bedding if necessary.
    • After the show, please push your bedding to the center of the alleyway!
  • The Fair Board voted to require health papers for all cattle exhibited at the fair this year, per the recommendation by the State Veterinarian’s office. These papers must be done within 21 days of the show.
  • The structure of the 2020 beef show may look different than years past, as we are dealing with time-constraints of a same-day show. We will do our best to break down class with no less than three head per class; and we will not be choosing light-weight, middle-weight, and heavy-weight division winners this year.
  • We will not be able to have a show program this year due to COVID-19. After the weigh-in concludes, we will post classes on the ends of the barns and will also email out a copy of the classes to the email addresses on file with the Extension Office.
  • Committee members will be calling by Sunday, July 19th to confirm your entries, if we have not heard back from you before then.
  • Please be prepared to decide if you are planning to sell your animals or take them home. We will be getting a packer bid; however, regulations do not allow us to have an auction, and we will not be able to pass along a premium due to this year’s circumstances. This goes for all pen cattle as well as lead cattle.
    • The packer bud will be emailed out to you via the email address provided to the Extension Office as soon as we have it.
  • The show will be live-streamed for those who do not attend the show at the fairgrounds.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to do the best, we can to follow government regulations, while still providing a great beef show experience for our 4-H’ers!

 

Thank you,

The O’Brien County Fair Beef Committee

2020 Swine Project Information

O’Brien County Swine Project Families:

 

Due to Covid-19, the Fair Board has elected to make the 2020 Fair a Show & Go event. Every day, 4H/FFA exhibitors will arrive in the morning with their animals, weigh-in, and prepare to show their livestock project. Exhibitors will then show according to the defined classes. Once the show is finished, the exhibitors will take their livestock back home, or their animal will go to market.

The 2020 O’Brien County Fair Swine Show is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 at 10:00 am.

The Swine Superintends have expectations that 4-H/FFA exhibitors will need to follow, and those expectations are laid out here:

  1. Weigh-In will begin at 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 22nd.
  2. Pigs will come to the fairgrounds clean and ready to go. That means that exhibitors will need to wash their pigs at home before bringing them to the fairgrounds.
    1. The wash rack will only be available for a short time on Wednesday. Exhibitors will need to have a Swine Superintendent approve their request to use the wash rack.
    2. We recommend bringing a bucket, soap, and brushes to spot clean your pigs before you show.
  3. Trailers will not be allowed to park west of the road located on the fairgrounds. In other words, no parking trailers on the football field. Trailers can be parked next to the horse area or out in the pasture.
  4. Pigs under #230 and over #320 will not be accepted.
  5. Exhibitors will need to know their individual pigs and ear tag numbers before getting to the scale house. Do not plan on having time to pick your individuals out at the fairgrounds; pick them out ahead of time at home.
  6. Exhibiters will need to bring their completed Swine Drug Affidavits with ear tag letters and numbers of only the pigs you are showing at the fair. You will also need to bring your Health Papers on Wednesday morning. Those papers can dropped off before exhibitors get to the scale house.
  7. After weigh-in is complete, the Swine Superintendents will break classes according to weight. Individuals and pens will be weighed on the scale in the scale house.
  8. The show is scheduled to start at 10:00 am on Wednesday.
  9. There will be a 30-minute dinner break during the show. The Swine Superintendents will let exhibitors know when that will occur after classes have been broken down.
  10. Pigs will have to stay overnight into Thursday morning before the pack will take them, so plan on bringing bedding, feed, and water for your pigs. Failure to provide these items will result in a forfeit of premium money. Pigs will be loaded out Thursday morning by the Swine Superintendents.
  11. Exhibitors will be expected to come and clean out their pens Thursday morning after the pigs have been loaded out. Plan on cleaning out your pen around 8:00 am on Thursday. Failure to clean your pen out will result in forfeit of your premium money.
    1. This time is also when you can come and collect your food and water bowls.

Due to the Covid-19 concerns, we are asking that only exhibitors and their families attend the show. A livestream of the show will be available for extend family and friends to watch. If you have any questions about the expectations 4-H’ers and FFA exhibitors will be following this year, you can contact a Swine Superintendent.

 

Thank you,

The O’Brien County Fair Swine Superintendents

Ribbons and Trophies

In order to keep the 4-H/FFA Exhibitors and Fair Royalty safe, ribbons and trophies will not be handed out during livestock shows. Instead, the Fair Royalty will work with the Extension Office and stuff manila envelopes with ribbons. The Fair Royalty will be present during the different livestock shows and will watch the shows from outside the ring. They will then organize and stuff envelopes with exhibitor’s ribbons and awards. The envelopes will then be taken to the Fair Office where exhibitors or their family members can pick them up. Exhibitors will still be able to take pictures with their livestock and awards before the livestock is loaded onto trailers. We understand that this is different from past years, but this is not a normal fair. We are trying to put on the best fair possible while still keeping all of our exhibitors safe.

2020 O’Brien County 4-H Awards

The O’Brien County Fair is proud to present the 2020 4-H Award Winners!

This year the O’Brien County Fair is awarding two 4-H members with the Achievement Award. This award recognizes 4-H’ers who have shown outstanding personal growth through participation in a variety of 4-H projects and involvement. This year’s winners are Samantha Sauer of the Caledonia Ramblers 4-H Club and Samantha Noteboom of the Western Workers 4-H Club.

The O’Brien County Fair is also awarding two 4-H members with Merit Award. This award recognizes 4-H’ers who have shown outstanding personal growth through citizenship, community and club leadership. While also demonstrating an unselfish service to others. This year’s winners are Addison Brueggeman of the Caledonia Ramblers 4-H Club and Blaine Finster of the O&O Kids 4-H Club.

Finally, the O’Brien County Fair is awarding ten 4-H members the Danforth I Dare You Award. This award recognizes 4-H’ers who have shown a working knowledge of the 4-H program and challenge other youth to develop their skills for future endeavors through life and service to others. This award is only presented to 11th graders. This year’s winners are Abigail Boardman, Eric Mars and Jason Wittrock all from the Highlanders 4-H Club. Kaeley Einck and Andrea Westra both from the Center Farmers 4-H Club. Jamie Hunt, Emily Kellen, and Kimberly Sauer all from the Caledonia Ramblers 4-H Club, Jack Farquhar of the G&W Feeders 4-H Club, and Olivia Grooters of the O&O Kids 4-H Club

2020 Beef Project Information

O’Brien County Beef Project Families:

As you have likely been made aware, the Fair Board has elected to move forward with a single day event this year per species. We are thankful to give our exhibitors this opportunity, as many other counties in the state have chosen to completely cancel their fairs.

The 2020 O’Brien County Fair Beef Show is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st, 2020.

Please understand that due to the circumstances, no activity for beef projects will be allowed on the fairgrounds until Tuesday, July 21st! Please be courteous of other species and their assigned days. This includes tack delivery, etc.

Communication will be more important this year than ever, so please be sure to let us know about any changes you have had with your cattle since the winter weigh-in.

A list of more detailed information will be communicated to you as the fair gets closer!

 

Tentative Plan for Tuesday, July 21st:

  • Cattle may arrive at the fairgrounds; trailer will follow instructions for unloading in an efficient manner. Details to come.
  • Market cattle will be weighed from 6AM – 8AM.
  • The 2020 Beef Show will plan to tentatively start at 9AM.
  • The wash rack will be open, but we are strongly encouraging you to wash at home before trailering to the fairgrounds.
  • Market cattle will not be ultra-sounded due to time constraints.
  • Stalls will not be assigned by the beef committee, but instead we will assign “club areas” per barn. Many will choose not to stall in the barns, but please be cognizant of younger 4-H’ers who might like to stall in the barns.
  • Due to the uniqueness of this years show, bedding will not be provided. Please make arrangements to bring your own bedding if necessary.
  • The Fair Board voted to require health papers for all cattle exhibited at the fair this year, per the recommendation by the State Veterinarian’s office. These papers must be done within 21 days of the show.
  • Tentative Show Order:
    • Breeding Heifers
    • Cow/Calf Pairs
    • Feeder Calves
    • Showmanship
    • Market Heifers
    • Market Steers
    • Pen Cattle

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to do the best, we can to follow government regulations, while still providing a great beef show experience for our 4-H’ers! We will do our best to keep you posted regarding any changes or updates we might have. Plan to see more communication form the beef committee in a few weeks as fair-time quickly approaches.

 

Thank you,

The O’Brien County Fair Beef Committee