The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 5, 2013

Ribbons await entries in array of county fairs in Joplin area

From staff reports

— Do you have what it takes to become the next big country music sensation?

Do you have the most beautiful baby around? Or a pig or goat that is undeniably the greatest of its kind in the county?

Then it’s time to make a trip to the fair.

The Jasper County Youth Fair is set to kick off today and continue through Saturday, July 13, at the fairgrounds in Municipal Park in Carthage.

The fair will open with conference judging at 9 a.m., and dog, cat and cavy (guinea pig) shows at 2, 4 and 6 p.m., respectively.

Pageant interviews are slated for 3 p.m. Sunday, with a workday planned for exhibitors and volunteers to clean up and prepare the grounds set for 9 a.m. Monday.

Additional highlights include the fair speech contest at 5 p.m. Monday; the pageant at 6 p.m. Tuesday; shows for goats, sheep, poultry and swine on Wednesday; the Beautiful Baby Contest at 6 p.m. Thursday; a barbecue sponsored by the fair board at 5 p.m. Friday; the Texaco Country Show Down at 6 p.m. Friday; a car, truck, motorcycle and tractor show at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 13, and the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday.

For a full listing of events, visit

Newton County Fair

The Newton County Fair begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday, July 13, at the county fairground, 700 Field Ave. in Neosho.

Fair board President Bill Thogmartin said one highlight of the fair will be the market show for goats, steers, lambs and hogs at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Thogmartin said it’s a good experience for young people.

“It’s just what the kids have worked on all year,” Thogmartin said. “It’s what the market is looking for” in an animal.

He said the youths also look forward to the market sale at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Another fair highlight is the greased pig scramble, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday.

“It’s just good old farm fun,” Thogmartin said.

He said there will be carnival rides and concessions. Live music will be on stage at 8 p.m. each day. Jake Clark performs Friday night and Two Steps Back performs Saturday night.

A few other fair highlights: Opening ceremony, at 4 p.m. Wednesday; Western horsemanship, 7 p.m. Thursday; sheep show, 8 a.m. Friday; livestock judging 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13; dog obedience, 10 a.m. Saturday; award recognition, 1 p.m. Saturday.

Upcoming events

McDonald County Fair

July 18-20

McDonald County Fairgrounds


Bourbon County Fair

July 13-20    

Bourbon County Fairgrounds

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Cherokee County Fair

July 16-20

Cherokee County Fairgrounds

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Ozark Empire Fair

July 25-Aug. 3

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Crawford County Fair

July 31-Aug. 3

Crawford County Fairgounds

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Missouri State Fair

Aug. 8-18

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Barton County Lamar Free Fair

Aug. 17-24

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Ottawa County Free Fair

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Miami Fairgrounds

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Delaware County Free Fair

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Tulsa State Fair

Sept. 26-Oct. 6

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