Judge Macey Goretska ponders entries in cattle showmanship competition Friday morning at the fair. An Iowa native, Goretska is a coach for the livestock judging team at Oklahoma State University. She judged pigs, sheep, goats and cattle at this year's Texas County Fair. Credit: DOUG DAVISON | HOUSTON HERALD

The 72nd annual Texas County Fair runs through Saturday at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds.

Jaycie Hoehner of Mountain Grove holds onto her goat during showing competition on Thursday evening.

Livestock showing competition sponsored by the Texas County Fair Board began with the Youth Rabbit Show on Tuesday evening (July 26) and concluded with the Dairy Goat Show on Friday evening. Other competition features rabbits, poultry, sheep, goats, hogs and cattle, and many projects are on display (inside an air conditioned building) created by area FFA and 4-H members.

The fair’s livestock activities will wrap up with the annual Livestock Auction that will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday (July 30). 

New this year is that poultry meat pen buyers can have birds taken directly to a USDA-inspected butcher shop and processed how the buyer wishes. The meat will come back processed and vacuum-sealed, ready for the freezer or the frying pan. The estimated turn around time for is 3 to 4 days.

The fair board is also conducting a raffle with the top prize of a $1,000 Branson Getaway. Tickets are $5 apiece and the drawing will take place during the Livestock Sale.

Meanwhile, the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring many forms of entertainment through Saturday, including the fourth annual Show Me Smash Demolition Derby. The big two-night event began Friday and conclude Saturday, with heats beginning at 7 each night.

The chamber is also sponsoring a carnival that will run all three nights, and is conducting a raffle for a Century Arms RAS-47 rifle.

The fairgrounds is located on U.S. 63 in northern Houston.

Sheep showing contestants stand by their animals during competition Thursday evening. From left, Millie Stallcup, David Wilkerson and Weldon Stallcup.

2022 TEXAS COUNTY FAIR BOARD

Officers

•Curtis Rouse, President

•Kerri Hoehner, Vice President

•Racheal Pursifull, Secretary

Texas County Fair Board president Curtis Rouse.

•Sheri Lay, Co-Secretary

•Traci Enfield, Treasurer

•Ashley Cullen, Co-Treasurer

Supervisors

•Beef and Dairy Cattle: Racheal Pursifull and Renee Ice

•Goats and Sheep (Dairy and Market): Alex Enfield and Ashley Cullen

•Swine: Sierra Connell and Dalton Connell

•Rabbits: Traci Enfield and Sherri Lay

•Poultry and Waterfowel: Ted and Brittany Witte

•Home Economics: Betty Baney

•Ag. Mechanics: Curtis Rouse

•Tractor Show: Curtis Rouse

2022 TEXAS COUNTY LIVESTOCK FAIR SCHEDULE

Tuesday:

Rabbit Check-In………. 8:00 am-11:00 am

Horticulture, Field Crops, Ag Mechanics, Home Economics Check-In…10:00 am-6:00 pm

Poultry Check-In……….11:00 am-2:00 pm

Youth Rabbit Show………6:00pm

Wednesday:

Open Rabbit Show………8:00 am

Poultry Show………10:00 am (No exhibitors in the barn during the show.)

Poultry and Rabbit Showmanship………12:00-2:00 pm

Market and Breeding Sheep, Goats, Steers, Hogs, Replacement Heifers Check-In…….12:00 pm ***Must be in place BY 12:00 pm

Market Animal Weigh-In and Ultrasound………..4:00 pm

(Order: Goats, Sheep, Steer, Replacement Heifers, Hogs)

Tractor Check-In: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

Thursday:

Breeding Beef, Dairy Cattle, and Dairy Goats Check-In……….8:00-11:00 am

Hog Show………8:00 am

Exhibitor Photos………..Following Hog Show

Sheep Show……….4:00 pm

Goats Show……….5:00 pm

Sheep and Goat Fashion Show……….Following the Goat Show

Beef Parade……….Following the Fashion Show

Pizza Party and Movie……….7:30 pm (Sponsored by Bennie Cook for State Representative)

Friday:

Beef Show………8:00 am

Round Robin Showmanship..……1:00pm Friday (Goat, Sheep, Steer, Pig)

Dairy Cattle Show…………5:00 pm

Dairy Goat Show……….Following the Dairy Cattle Show

Horticulture, Field Crops, Agriculture Mechanics, Home Economics Check-Out…5-6 pm

Tractor Parade……….6:00 pm

Pig and Chicken Scramble……….6:30 pm

Saturday:

Awards Ceremony……….10:30 am

Tractor Parade……….11:30 am

Supporter’s Appreciation Dinner……….12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Livestock Sale……….2:00 pm

*All times are subject to change

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