Seventeen steers, 39 pigs, nine market goats, five market lambs, four pens of turkeys, seven pens of market chickens and three pens of market rabbits are some of the animal guests that will attend this year’s Benewah County Fair.
The fair opens to the public Thursday, Aug. 15 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 18. The theme is “Fair-A-Tails Do Come True.”
This is the second year that the Junior Show and Sale will have pens of market rabbits. Last year, in 2018, was the first year in approximately 30 years someone had a pen of market rabbits to enter and sell. This year the number of pens has increased from one to three.
“Goats are also becoming popular,” Nancy Malensky, chair of the Junior Show and Sale, said. “We are also going to be doing more added money for showmanship awards.”
Mrs. Malensky has been a part of the Junior Show and Sale for nearly 30 years. She got involved when her son was a part of the 4-H program.
“It’s all exciting,” she said. “One thing that is always fun to watch is the Round Robin. The kids show all the animals. So you will have a chicken kid who has to show a steer.”
4-H members will be showing animals throughout Thursday and Friday. The Junior Show wraps up Saturday with the market animal sale. The buyer’s appreciation breakfast is from 7 to 9 a.m. with the auction starting at 9 a.m.
The Benewah County 4-H Annual Dessert Contest is Saturday. Entries can be submitted from noon to 1 p.m. at the Walker Building. Categories include cake, pie, pastry, cookie, bars and other. All ages are welcome to participate.
Cow patty bingo also returns. A $10 donation to the Benewah County 4-H program buys you a square on the grid for a chance to win $500. A cow will choose the winner by dropping its cow pie on a square. Benewah County 4-H members have tickets and they will be available during the week. The cow will choose the winner at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The Kiwanis Club will serve breakfast Sunday as well as is their annual tradition at the fair. Breakfast is from 7 to 11 a.m.
This year, the Junior Show and Sale Committee have taken over organizing the Barbecue Cook-off. Mrs. Malensky said everyone is invited to enter, but be warned.
“I do plan to win it this year,” she said.
Check-in is at 8 a.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds. Judging is slated to start at 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in each category (pork, beef, chicken and other) as well as People’s Choice. Call 208-568-0288 for more information on the cook-off.
4-H clubs and fair board members will be at the fairgrounds Wednesday checking in livestock exhibits. Buildings will be closed Wednesday for judging.
It’s beast versus machine.
Horses and motorcycles will vie to see who is faster at a new, exciting event Saturday, Aug. 17.
The St. Maries Rotary Club has organized a new event Gas vs. Grass Horse and Motorcycle Races, which will debut at the Benewah County Fair this weekend. Race is set for 1 p.m. The cost to watch is $10. There will be a beer garden and concessions as well.
Horses and bikes will compete in four different events: an obstacle course, polo turn, figure 8 and key hole.