County fair begins early for some exhibitors

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Horse show, less traditional animal projects happen this weekend

The Oconto County Youth Fair is scheduled for Aug. 17-20, but some of the fair activities get underway this weekend.

Space and time limitations prevent scheduling all animal judging shows in the Thursday-through-Sunday fair weekend. So the horse show; small pet exhibits, which encompass everything from caged birds to pet rodents, reptiles and amphibians; cats; and the dog obedience trials are held the weekend before the main fair.

The public is invited to visit these shows for what can be interesting, entertaining and educational events with no distractions in a less hectic environment. The talented youth exhibitors of somewhat less traditional animals demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have gained through their projects.

The horse show begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Sunday activities begin with the small pet show at 8:30 a.m., followed by the cat show at 9:30 a.m. and dog obedience trials at noon. The activities will take place at the fairgrounds at Zippel Park in Gillett.

Concession service for snacks and lunch is being provided by the Pasture Pirates 4-H Club both days.

Learn about all of the activities and attractions at the 2017 Oconto County Youth Fair by visiting or the Oconto County Youth Fair Facebook page, and watch for the annual special Oconto County Fair section in next week’s Times Herald.