Junior Fair exhibitors are busy getting ready for the annual Dodge County Junior Fair, August 15-19. Activities for the Junior Fair begin Saturday, August 11 with the 4-H Horse Show starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. Premium judging for this show is followed by speed and game competition.

Food and Food Preservation are judged on Monday, August 13, at 9:30 a.m. in the Youth Building at the Dodge County Fairgrounds.

Tuesday is entry day. All exhibits must be in place at the fairgrounds by 7 p.m. that day. Judging for Flowers, Houseplants, Plant Crafts and Home Grounds is in the Youth Buildingat 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 14. Check-in time for Dairy is from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Weigh-in times for animals are 9 a.m. to noon for Market Hogs, 1 to 4 p.m. for Market Beef and Lambs. All animals (unless otherwise specified) must be checked in by superintendents by 7 p.m. on Tuesday. A Dairy Fitting Contest will also be held Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. in the Farm Progress Arena. (Registration at 7:30 p.m.)

The schedule for the Farm Progress Arena for Wednesday, August 15 is: 10:30 a.m. Beef Breeding Show, followed by Dairy/Beef Feeder Calves, 12 noon the Market Beef Show and at 6 p.m. the Dog Performance Show. On Wednesday, August 17, the Market Hog Show is at 8 a.m. in the Sheep building and at 4 p.m. the Junior Breeding Sheep Show begins in the Sheep Building followed by the Market Lamb Show at 5 p.m.

In the Youth Building judging for Photography begins at 8:30 a.m. and judging for Knitting, Crocheting, Home Environment, Child Development, Clothing, and Crops begins at 9 a.m. Cake Decorating begins at 9:300 a.m. Vegetable/Fruit judging begins at 1 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. Exploring member exhibits are judged.

On Thursday, August 16 Dairy Show judging begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Farm Progress Arena. Beef, Sheep and Swine Herdsmanship judging begins at 10 a.m.

Thursday evening at 7 p.m. the Market Animal Sale Auction is held in the Farm Progress Arena.

Judging in the Youth Building begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday for Ceramics, Clowns, Music, Drama, Leathercraft, Drawing and Painting, Celebrate Art and Art in Your Future, Youth Open Arts and Crafts, Creative Stitchery, Stencil Painting, Folk Arts, other Cultural Arts, Woodworking, Booths, Leadership, Self-determined project, Animal and Vet Science, Natural Sciences, Mechanical Sciences, and Electricity. At 4 p.m. judging for Cloverbud members will begin.

On Friday, August 17 at 9 a.m., Poultry, Rabbits and Small Animals are judged. Dairy Showmanship begins at 8:30 a.m. At 6 p.m. on Friday, Swine Showmanship begins.

On Saturday, August 18 at 9 a.m., Cats and Kittens are judged. A special judging for the younger Brothers/Sisters of fair entrants is at 10 a.m. in the Youth Building. Goats are judged at 9 a.m.The Small Animal Auction is at 4 p.m.in the Farm Progress Arena. Also in the Farm Progress Arena “Supreme Showmanship” will be featured at 7 p.m. for livestock showmanship winners.

On Sunday, August 19 the public is invited to view a Style Show on the WBEV/WXRO stage in the park at 1 p.m. and at the WTKM Stage at 2:15 p.m. The Youth Building will be hosting the Model Horse Show at 2 pm. The Farm Progress Arena hosts the Dairy Youth Recognition Auction at 11:30 a.m. and the “Little Britches” Showmanship contest at 1:30 p.m., Herdsmanship awards begin at 5:00 p.m.

In the Sheep Building, the Sheep Lead class will begin at 3 p.m., with “Little Shepherds” showmanship contest to follow.

Come and join us at the Dodge County Fair! If you have any questions on the Junior Fair judging schedule please call (920) 386-3790. Select your favorite department and check the judging schedules above to see Dodge County’s youth accomplishments and activities in action.