Ash Grove Youth Fair still a draw

Ebony Loveday, 11, Granby, combs out her ewe prior to her class show. The Newton County 4-H member, who has been showing for 5-6 years, also shows pigs and goats.

A youngster works to stabilize his market lamb during the lunch hour competition Saturday. (Photos by Ryan Squibb

8th installment packs Ash Grove MFA grounds
Beautiful weather welcomed the 38th annual Ash Grove Youth Fair Saturday morning at Ash Grove MFA. The grounds were abuzz with activities, animals and youth excelling in their work. In total, the show drew 88 swine, with 45 exhibitors; 17 poultry entries with three exhibitors; 36 sheep with 13 exhibitors; 17 goats with four exhibitors; and 41 head of beef by 28 exhibitors.
Robbie Todd, who helps organize the event, was pleased with another successful offering for the FFA and 4-H youth.
“Even though we were down in our swine and beef numbers compared to last, the quality of livestock was not,” Todd said. “Thanks to all the great suppliers and the Ash Grove FFA officers. They worked on Friday setting up, started Saturday at 7 a.m. and was done by 9 p.m.
Todd reflects on the fair’s run
“Wow, 38 years the Ash Grove Youth Fair has been around and I hope we can keep it going another 38 years,” Todd said. “It takes a lot of people to make the fair happen and a strong fair board giving up their time for the youth to be able to show off there projects. … I wouldn’t miss it for anything. It brings a lot of joy to me each and every year.”


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