2011 Butte-Lawrence Co. Fair starts this week | TSLN.com

2011 Butte-Lawrence Co. Fair starts this week

The Butte-Lawrence Co. Fair, held in Nisland, SD, will take place this week, Aug. 16-20, backed by livestock, 4-H, FFA and community support in two counties.

Jim Kokesh, Butte-Lawrence Co. Fair Board president, noted that Thursday of the fair has historically been well attended. As many as 1,500 people attend Thursday for a free barbecue dinner, which begins at 5 p.m.

“The barbecue is open to anyone, and we introduce and present a plaque to our fair’s honorees,” Kokesh said. This year’s Butte-Lawrence Co. Fair honorees are Ken and Donna Wetz of Newell and Tom and Deb Carlsen, Bentz Equipment, of Belle Fourche.

Thursday evening’s activities also include Butch Samuelson on the entertainment stage from 5-6 p.m., followed by a Tractor Pull competition at 6 p.m. and the Catch-A-Sheep Contest at 7 p.m.

“He’s been here for a few years and everyone seems to enjoy him,” Kokesh said of Samuelson’s entertainment.

One of Kokesh’s projects the week leading up to the fair has been to track down sheep to be used in a newly added Sheep Dog Trial event at the fair. The Trials, if held, will take place Friday afternoon.

“We’ll also have a Farmer’s Market where folks can bring their veggies and garden supply stuff,” Kokesh added, noting it will be held Friday and Saturday.

Throughout the week visitors to the fair can observe 4-H livestock judging and showmanship competitions, open class exhibits and local business vendors. 4-H livestock projects culminate with the Round Robin Showmanship competition at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, followed by the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction at 7 p.m.

Kokesh estimates livestock numbers at the Butte-Lawrence Co. fair at 100-plus head of sheep; 30-50 pigs and 50 head of beef cattle.

New to the fair in 2010 was an open class beef cattle division. Beef Superintendent Stephanie Crowley said the expanded open class beef competition drew 28 participants, mainly consisting of 4-H members who had the option to double-enter in the open class division. She’s hoping for more open beef cattle entries this year.

Registration for open class beef cattle is Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 4-7 p.m. Cattle can be exhibited in market, feeder and breeding classes. There is not a pen show class.

“People are welcome to preregister early,” Crowley said. For open class beef inquiries, contact her by calling 605-642-2606.

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