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Franklin County Ag Fair to host dairy and beef cattle show
Classes open youth from ages 5 to 19; entry deadline is Aug. 19

Friday, August 15, 2014

A highlight of the first agricultural fair in Franklin County in nearly 40 years will be the dairy and beef cattle show on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Franklin County Recreation Park.

Formerly called the 4-H livestock show, the dairy and beef cattle show is open to youth ages 5 to 19, regardless of enrollment in 4-H or Future Farmers of America.

Classes will be divided into five categories: Cloverbud, ages 5-8; Novice, ages 9-14; Junior, ages 9-11; Intermediate, ages 12-14; and Senior, ages 15-19.

"Farming and agricultural are such a part of life in Franklin County that bringing back the youth livestock show as part of the 2014 Franklin County Agricultural Fair was an important goal," said Cynthia Martel, show superintendent. "For our young people, the objective of the event is to provide a meaningful learning experience while offering a successful livestock show for the return of the celebrated community event."

There are four divisions for this event: Dairy, Beef, Costume, and Fitting and Showmanship.

The deadline for entry forms is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19. The fee is $7 per animal. Entry forms received after Aug. 19 will be charged an additional $8 fee per animal. No entries will be accepted after Sept. 10.

Entry forms and show catalogs are available online at or from Cynthia Martel at 90 East Court Street Rocky Mount, or by calling (540) 483-5161 or (540) 483-3040.

The show committee and superintendents are Cynthia Martel, Debbie Brubaker, Tanya Young and Sean Duff with the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Rocky Mount. They can be reached at (540) 483-5161.

In addition to the livestock show, the Franklin County Agricultural Fair will feature midway rides, student SkillsUSA competitions, live entertainment, food and crafts, and art and merchandise vendors.

The fair will be open Sept. 10 and 11 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sept. 12 from 4 to 11 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, the dairy and beef cattle show will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Blue Ridge Mountain Garden Tractor Pullers' Lawnmower Pull event will start at 11 a.m., and the midway will open at noon. Fairgrounds will close at 11 p.m.

The kickoff horse show is set for Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Ginther Farm, 3128 Sontag Road in Rocky Mount, within a mile of the fairgrounds.

The fair will host an entry day for competitive exhibits on Monday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Franklin County Recreation Park. Categories, which are further broken down by class, include fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, baked goods, canned meats, flowers, quilts and more.

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