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June 20, 2013

Lineup Announced for 2013 Scotland County Fair

The fair dates have been set and the schedule has been made! This year's fair will be something to behold! Mark your calendars now! The Scotland County Fairgrounds is the place to be July 8th through July 13th. Weekly passes for this year's fair are still available at the Memphis MFA and Rose Hardware for $35. Daily armbands can also be purchased at the gate. Also carnival armbands can be purchased for $15. These prices will be valid until July 1st.

Monday, July 8th

Over 40 area 4-H and FFA kids will kick off this year's fair at the shooting sports field located on the south side of the fairgrounds at 9:00 a.m. The kids will be competing in rifle, archery, and shotgun competitions.

The horse show will be held Monday evening at 6:00 in the horse arena and is always a favorite for area horse enthusiasts.

The grandstand event for opening night of the fair will be a contemporary Christian concert hosted by the Scotland County Ministerial Alliance at 7:00 p.m. This year's artist will be Andy Avery. Andy has a fascinating testimony to share with our community. He was managed by Gene Simmons in the 80s and toured with Bon Jovi, Kiss, Guns and Roses, and Aerosmith. Andy was also in Head East as a replacement for John Schlit who is now a Christian artist. Then his life started to spiral out of control and he got caught up in the dangerous world of drugs and alcohol. Andy ended up in rehab many times before finally overdosing and almost losing his life. He was thrown into prison and his wife and son left him. This was the event that truly changed his world. He turned his out-of-control life over to God and now tours the country speaking and singing about his new-found life in Christ.

Tuesday, July 9th

Tuesday morning at the fair will kick off with a dog show being held in the cattle show barn at 9:00 a.m. The kids will be competing in events of agility and showmanship.

The art hall will be bustling with activity on Tuesday afternoon. Area FFA, Boy Scouts, and 4H members will be checking their exhibits into the art hall and will be judged and receiving ribbons depending on the skills they show in their project areas. Visitors of this year's fair need to take the time to go through and see the over 500 youth projects that will be housed in our art hall.

The grandstand event for Tuesday night will be the Scotland County Super Farmer Contest beginning at 6:30. Area teams will compete for bragging rights to see who is the best duo in the county to tackle the skills and challenges of farm life. Competing in this year's contest are Jeff and Trinity Davis (representing Gorin Go-Getters), Eric Anders and Jessica Karrch (representing Azen Jolly Timers), Brian and Melinda Briggs (representing Farm Bureau), Ian and Teresa Kirchner (representing Jolly Jacks & Jills), Ken and Michella Hull (representing Missouri Mischiefs), and Wayne and Terri Bulen (representing the Memphis FFA). This event is fun to watch and will provide some side-splitting laughter before it is all over. Interspaced between the super farmer events will be kids' games including a shoe kick contest, sack race, and a greased pig contest. Also in the grandstand Tuesday evening will be the crowning of the 4-H royalty and presentation of the State Fair Farm Family Award. This year's queen candidates are Tori Ward, Abby Blessing, Tasha Eggleston-Wood, and McKaela Bradley. King candidates include Tristan Hilpert, Zach Curry, and Parker Triplett. Princess candidates are Anna Triplett, Nova Cline, and Kara Mallett. Seeking the crown for prince are Brady Curry, Kaden Anders, Owen Triplett, and Eli Kigar.

Wednesday, July 10th

Kids will be bringing livestock to the fairgrounds on Wednesday morning. Cattle will weigh-in from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Swine will weigh-in from 8:00am until 10:00 a.m. and sheep and goats will weigh-in from 10:00am until noon. Wednesday afternoon will kick off the livestock shows with the goat show being held at 4:00 in the sheep and goat barn.

In the horse arena Wednesday night, spectators will enjoy watching area cowboys and cowgirls participate in barrel racing and calf roping.

Wednesday night, the grandstand event will be the Texaco Country Showdown presented by KMEM. This event will feature up and coming country music performers from across the tri-state region who will be vying to move one step closer to the $100,000 national grand prize. This event will begin at 7:00 and anyone interested in taking the stage may pick up an entry form from KMEM studios. The showdown is open to vocal or instrumental performers or groups of seven or less. The winner of the county showdown will compete in the Missouri State Showdown.

Following the country music showdown, the Terry DaVolt Comedy Hypnosis Show will be returning to the fair for the second year in a row. If you are one of the lucky chosen ones, you may leave Wednesday night's hypnosis show will lots of funny memories. Terry DaVolt will attempt to crack even the toughest volunteers from the crowd, testing their ability to be hypnotized and follow his comedic commands. Terry has performed in Madison Square Garden and on Fox TV's "30 Seconds to Fame." He has entertained over a million people since 1983.

Thursday, July 11th

At 9:00 a.m., the swine show will be held in the swine pavilion and has proven to be the biggest show of the fair for the last several years. Switching over to sheep, kids will be preparing their lambs, ewes, and rams for Thursday's sheep show being held in the sheep barn at 4:00. Fair goers who want to take a step back in time, can participate in a cake walk hosted by the Missouri Mischief 4-H club at 5:30 in the art hall.

Thursday night will again feature the Twin State Tractor Pull at 7:30. The Scotland County Fair is the first stop in Missouri for the pulling association's 2013 season. This year's pull will feature pro-stock and hot farm tractors as well as an open tractor division. Trucks will also compete in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive divisions. There will also be an open class for local contestants to enter and show their stuff.

Friday, July 12th

Friday morning will kick off with the junior beef show being held at 9:00 a.m. in the cattle show barn. Cattle enrollment numbers are up for this year's show.

Friday evening is always a fun night at the fair because it is time for Kids and Kritters at 5:30 in the cattle show barn. Any youngsters, regardless if they are involved in 4-H, are encouraged to bring a pet out and show the crowd. All participants will be announced and receive a prize.

Friday night's grandstand event will be a new event at the Scotland County Fair. Crazy 3 Buck'n Bulls & Cattle Company will be here to present a rodeo at 7:00 which will include a bull buck-off, mutton busting contest, steer riding, and barrel racing. Thrill seekers should enjoy this high energy, danger filled show.

Saturday, July 13th

The junior livestock and exhibit sale will be held Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the cattle show barn. Area merchants and individuals are encouraged to come down and support the 4-H and FFA exhibitors and purchase an animal or art hall exhibit that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

At 1:30 in the mud pit on the south side of the grounds will host a mud bogg. This is one event you do not want to miss! A 150 foot long, 15 foot wide, 2 foot deep pit, has been dug and filled with sloppy mud. Trucks from all over the tri-state region will compete in six classes. This event will include alcohol burning trucks, farm trucks, nitrous buggies, homemade monster trucks, stock trucks, and open class trucks. Check-in is from 10:30-12:30. Anyone is invited to participate. For more information contact Jim Jones at 660-341-7997.

The grand finale of this year's fair will be the Demolition Derby. This is a sight to behold and will be held in the grandstands on Saturday night at 7:00. There will be events featuring full-sized cars, compact cars, and outlaws. For more information or to enter contact Kevin Holton at 660-216-2309.

Fun Time Carnival Shows will be running 10 rides Tuesday through Saturday night. Armbands are available for the 6:00-10:00 p.m. sessions. Also a Saturday carnival matinee will run from noon until 4:00 p.m.

The fair board praised the efforts of the many area businesses that have sponsored this year's fair. Without the support of this wonderful community, the fair would not be possible. More than anything, the fair board needs individuals from the community and surrounding area to come down and support this year's fair to help make it a huge success.

Watch in next week's paper for the 2013 Scotland County Fairbook.

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