With nearly 50 competitions in open and junior categories, FairView Farms will be bustling with livestock at the 2004 L.A. County Fair, Sept. 10-26.
Competitions range from dairy cattle, sheep, and beef to pygmy goats and swine. Also, the appearance and upkeep of various livestock exhibits will be judged. Junior competitions provide children and young adults with real-world experience in marketing their animals and exhibits. Livestock contests help educate the public on various farm animals as well as spotlight youth organizations that are associated with the industries, such as 4-H and Future Farmers of America.
A variety of contests involving livestock are available for all ages to enjoy. At the Farmer John Hog Calling Contest, Sept. 13, contestants will be judged on their ability to capture the attention of selected hogs by yelling, snorting and squealing. Audience reaction, technique and costume design will also be judged.
The Junior Livestock Auction is scheduled for Sept. 25. Children and young adults will have the opportunity to sell the animals they have raised at possibly a better price than current market value. The money goes to help offset the cost of feeding, raising the livestock and possibly the purchase of another animal.
Information regarding contest descriptions, requirements, and deadlines is available at the L.A. County Fair Web site, www.lacountyfair.com.
For general information on the L.A. County Fair, call (909) 623-3111 or visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com.