Family, fun and food this weekend at Jefferson County Fair
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Rell Lenox, 9, left, Quinn Lennox, 7, right, both of Port Townsend, and Daylen Williams, 4, of Sequim show their love for Topanga the baby goat.

By Charlie Bermant
Peninsula Daily News

Fair events stretch across 3 days
PORT TOWNSEND — The 77th Jefferson County Fair continues through Sunday.

Here is the schedule for the weekend:

Saturday

■ 8 a.m. — Gates open, tickets on sale.
■ 9 a.m. — Open class beef show, covered arena.
■ 10 a.m. — National anthem, buildings and grounds open to public; 4-H cats on display, vote for favorite cat, cat building; 4-H kitchen activities, demonstrations and 4-H in action times posted, 4-H building; 4-H open goat show begins, goat tent; Ducky Slide opens, every hour for 15 minutes, Small Animal Barn; 4-H Horse Drill Team performance, horse arena; crowing contest, small-animal barn.
■ 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Dog judging contest, dog arena.
■ 10:30 a.m. — Porto Alegre music, small stage; Bamboozle Magic Balloons, tent; Greatest Kids Show on Dirt, Got Bull.
■ 10:30 a.m. to noon — 4-H horse dressage, horse arena.
■ 11 a.m. — Lego contest, new commercial building.
■ 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Sheep to Shawl demonstration, goat tent.
■ 11:30 a.m. — Feline Good Citizen, cat building.
■ Noon — Young Fiddlers, small stage; ongoing activities for kids, horticulture building.
■ Noon to 1 p.m. — Horse pie-eating contest and games, horse arena; Creative Critters, horticulture building.
■ Noon to 2 p.m. — Food preservation demonstration, home arts.
■ Noon to 3 p.m. — Salmon barbecue, picnic area.
■ 1 p.m. — Greatest Kids Show on Dirt, Got Bull.
■ 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Sewing demonstration, home arts.
■ 1:30 p.m. — Aces Up, small stage
■ 2 p.m. — Bamboozle Magic, strolling the grounds; 4-H Horse Western Games, horse arena; “Cat Colors & Markings,” international all-breed, TICA judge Ellen Crockett, cat building.
■ 3 p.m. — Celebrate Smokey Bear's Birthday, 4-H Building; Dog 4-H in action/agility, dog arena; Washington Old Time Fiddlers, Yesteryear.
■ 3:30 p.m. — Porto Alegre Music, small stage; Washington state draft horse pulls, main stage; free kids' bingo, cat building.
■ 4 p.m. — Bamboozle Magic Balloons, tent.
■ 4:30 p.m. — Dukes of Dabob, small stage; free kids craft activity, cat building.
■ 5 p.m. — Greatest Kids Show on Dirt, Got Bull; 4-H Horse Drill Team performance, horse arena; Lad and Ladies lead-wool contest, goat tent; Dog 4-H in action/agility, dog arena; Ukuleles Unite! free lessons, Yesteryear.
■ 6 p.m. — Porto Alegre music, small stage; Round Robin, covered arena; Ukuleles Unite! sing-along, Yesteryear.
■ 6:30 p.m. — Bamboozle Magic Grand Illusion Show, tent.
■ 7 p.m. — Kids' Demolition Derby, main stage; 4-H Cat Knowledge Bowl, cat building; Master Showmanship Contest, covered arena.
■ 7:30 p.m. — Troy “T-Bone” Lucas, small stage; Greatest Kids Show on Dirt, Got Bull.
■ 9 p.m. — Fair closes.

Sunday

■ 8 a.m. — Gates open, tickets on sale.
■ 8:30 a.m. — Entry: open class cats and vet check.
■ 9 a.m. — Vote for favorite poster, cat building.
■ 10 a.m. — National anthem, buildings and grounds open to public; open cats exhibitor meeting, cat building; 4-H kitchen activities, demonstrations and 4-H in action times posted, 4-H building; 4-H Dogs, 4-H in action, dog barn; Ducky Slide, every hour for 15 minutes, small-animal barn.
■ 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Best jam and jelly contest entries accepted, with judging to follow, home arts.
■ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Vote for favorite cat poster, cat building.
■ 10:30 a.m. — Brian “Buck” Ellard, small stage; Greatest Kids Show on Dirt, Got Bull; Bamboozle Magic Balloons, tent; open cat show: type, costume, cage decoration, cat building.
■ 11 a.m. — 4 x 4 mud drags, main stage; Dog 4-H in action/agility, dog arena.
■ 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Barrel racing, horse arena.
■ 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Annual beef barbecue, picnic area.
■ Noon — Ongoing activities for kids, horticulture building; pin the eye patch on the pirate, Yesteryear.
■ Noon to 2 p.m. — Food preservation demonstration, home arts.
■ 12:30 p.m. — Greatest Kids Show on Dirt, Got Bull; best jam and jelly contest, home arts; cupcake contest registrations, new commercial building.
■ 1 p.m. — Bamboozle Magic, strolling the grounds; Ranger and the Re-arrangers, small stage; cupcake decorating contest, new commercial building; open llama show, goat tent; small-animal costume contest, covered arena; Dog 4-H in action/agility, dog arena.
■ 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Sewing demonstration, home arts.
■ 2 p.m. — 4-H Feline Groom Squad, cat building; 4-H fashion show, 4-H building.
■ 2:30 p.m. — Greatest Kids Show on Dirt, Got Bull.
■ 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Fiber Frenzy: bring knitting, crocheting, spinning, etc., home arts.
■ 3 p.m. — Bobbie Sox and Juke Box, small stage; Bamboozle Magic Grand Illusion Show, tent; 4-H shooting sports presentation, 4-H building; Dog 4-H in action/agility, dog arena.
■ 3:30 p.m. — Free kids crafts, cat building.
■ 4:30 p.m. — Greatest Kids Show on Dirt, Got Bull; Bamboozle Magic Balloons, tent.
■ 5 p.m. — Cat awards and prize drawing, cat building.
■ 6 p.m. — Fair closes.
Peninsula Daily News
PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Fair, celebrating its 77th anniversary, offers a weekend of fun, food, animals and community.

“People who come here can see what Jefferson County can make, create and grow,” said Sue McIntire, who manages the event with her husband, Bill.

“This is an old-fashioned country fair where people feel safe and comfortable, where you can connect with your neighbors,” she added.

The fair opened Friday and continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St.

General admission tickets are $6. Tickets are $5 for those older than 65 and for students from 13 to 17 years old. They are $2 for children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 5 get in free.

The ever-popular beef barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. is $8, while Saturday's salmon barbecue from noon to 3 p.m. is $10.

About 12,000 people are expected to show up during the weekend, holding steady from last year.

This year's fair provides all of the expected events — including the 4-by-4 mud drags on the main stage at 11 a.m. Sunday — along with something missing last year.

Piglets this year

“We have piglets,” Bill McIntire said.

“We didn't have them last year, and people were disappointed.

“This year, I've talked to several people, and they've asked if the piglets are coming. When I say they are, they say, 'Then so are we.'”

Sue McIntire said much of the fair's appeal is the ability to get up close and personal with the animals.

“Kids don't see these animals anywhere else. This is the only time where they can get close to them and touch them,” she said.

“A lot of them have never seen cows. They don't know where milk comes from.”

Aside from the animals, a variety of livestock, food and crafts competitions draw people from all over the region.

Judging goods

On Wednesday, Connie Lammers and Stewart Smith were evaluating baked goods, tasting the finished products and applying objective criteria to the products.

It's not important if they like what they taste; they judge whether the cake or pie follows the checklist for shape, texture and other factors.

“I've given blue ribbons to things that didn't taste good to me because they meet all the qualifications on the list,” Smith said.

Both Smith and Lammers are from Port Angeles.

Kathi Johnson, who supervises the judges, recruits them from out of town on purpose.

“We don't want the judges to know the people they are judging,” Johnson said.

“If you got someone from the local yarn store to judge the weaving competition, they wouldn't be fair because they may have sold the yarn for the project.”

Winners of all the competitions will be on display and in some cases for sale.

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Jefferson County Editor Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or cbermant@peninsuladailynews.com.

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