County fair is June 29 and 30

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The 2012 Barry County Fair will be held at Rockin' P Ranch Rodeo Arena on Highway W in Wheaton on Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30.

"We hope to see the community come out to support the kids," said Ernest Ray, Barry County Fair Board president. "They work so hard all year long to get ready for these events."

Check-in for Friday's events will begin at 5 p.m. The dairy cattle and fancy poultry shows will start at 6 p.m., and the dairy goat and rabbit show will be held at 7 p.m.

Saturday's activities will be kicked off by a Blue Ribbon Breakfast at 6 a.m. Meals, which will include eggs, biscuits and gravy and coffee or juice, will cost $3 each.

The beef cattle show will begin at 9 a.m., and the hog show will start at 9:30 a.m. Meat goats will be shown in the fair arena at 10:30 a.m., and the sheep and broiler show will be held at 2 p.m.

The annual Barry County Fair Premium Dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Meals, which will include pulled pork, baked beans, cheesy potatoes, peach crisp and a drink, will cost $5.

The premium sale will follow the dinner. The sale gives community members an opportunity to support youth taking part in the fair. Winning bidders receive a photo of the youth with their animal.

"Melvin and Terri Priest, who own Rockin' P Ranch Rodeo, will offer a ranch rodeo at the end of the fair on Saturday night," said Ray. "The rodeo will begin at 8 p.m."

The Barry County Fair will offer concessions throughout the event. Proceeds from the sale of concessions will directly benefit the fair.

"We will have hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks, chips and other snack items," said Ray. "The different FFA and 4-H clubs from across the county have volunteered to run the concession stand for us during the event."

The Barry County Fair will also offer a vendor area. Booth space is available for $25. Vendors who have already signed up will offer jewelry, yard ornaments and items for women.

"We are open to politicians, and we would welcome them to come out and offer booths during the event," said Ray. "We would prefer individuals pre-register, but they can also just show up on Friday or Saturday."

A total of 91 participants have registered 241 entries for this year's fair.

"Entries are from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri," said Ray. "A lot of fairs are closing, or not held until later in the year. We have heard that a lot of people are looking for a show to take part in during the summer."

Additional entries will be accepted on the days of the shows. Entry fees are double due to late registration.

"We are rebuilding this year," said Ray. "We need the community to come out and support this year's fair. We want to keep it going as long as we can."

A limited amount of bleacher seating will be available at the fair. Attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs.

Area community members and businesses are also invited to support the Barry County Fair by donating funds to the premium sale. Ray is available to pick up donations upon request.

For more information on the Barry County Fair or to make a donation, call Ray at 417-489-7893.

In addition to Ray, the Barry County Fair Board includes: Suzan Harris, Tina Autrey, Janet DeShazer and Sherri Sanders.

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