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Lafayette County 4-H & FFA Fair

July 13 @ 8:00 am - July 18 @ 5:00 pm

     The 2019 Lafayette County 4-H/FFA Fair will be held July 13-18 at the Fairground Park and Fairgrounds and the Lafayette C-1 Middle School Gym in Higginsville.  The carcass show will be held July 23 at 7 p.m. at Higginsville Processing Plant according to Bill Oelrichs, Lafayette County Fair Board President.

                Saturday, June 22, the 4-H Achievement Day was held at the Lafayette C-1 Middle School in Higginsville.  Events included judging contests, public speaking, demonstrations, fashion revue, Clover Kid activities and king and queen contest.

Saturday, July 13, will be the Horse Show, which begins with an opening ceremony at 9:00 a.m. at the Higginsville Fairground Horse Arena.  There will be lots of horses at the Horse Show.

The Dog Show will be held at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 15, at the Fairground Park Horseshoe Pit.  The dog agility classes will be held again this year.  All exhibits will be entered on Monday, July 15, at Lafayette C-1 Middle School in Higginsville.  Exhibits can be viewed by the public at Lafayette C-1 Middle School Gym on Monday night from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 5:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Exhibits will be released from the fair at the Middle School on Thursday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  All exhibits must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18.  State Fair exhibits will be chosen July 15.

Monday evening, July 15, will feature the Cat Show at 5:00 p.m. at the Shelter House, with the Clover Kids Pet Show and Fun Night at 5:30 p.m. at the 4-H Pole Barn.  The Rabbit Show will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Shelter House.

Tuesday’s events begin with the Dairy Show at 9:30 a.m. with the Bucket Calf Show immediately following.  The Beef Breed Show will follow the Bucket Calf Show and the Market Heifer and Steer Show will finish out the shows for that day.

A popular event with the 4-H members has been the Super Farmer Contest which will be held at 6 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Arena on Tuesday evening, July 16.

  The Sheep Show will begin Wednesday’s events at 9 a.m. at the 4-H Pole Barn, followed by the Goat Show at the 4-H Pole Barn.  All livestock events will be held at the 4-H Pole Barn in Fairground Park.

The Rocket Shoot Off will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday on the east side of Lafayette C-1 Grandview School.   The Poultry Show will conclude the day’s activities beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Shelter House.

The Swine Show will be held Thursday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m. at the 4-H Pole Barn.  The Cured Ham Contest will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Fairground Park Community Building, also on Thursday.

The Higginsville Chamber of Commerce Picnic for the 4-H and FFA members and their families will be held at the Shelter House across from the Ed Schwitzky 4-H Building from       5-6:30 p.m. before the 4-H and FFA awards presentation which will begin at 6 p.m. at the 4-H Pole Barn.

In an effort to make the auction flow smoother, a ham silent auction will be held of all blue ribbon hams, except the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion smoked and non-smoked hams.  The silent auction will be held near the Ed Schwitzky 4-H Building from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Following the awards presentation will be the Auction to begin at 7:00 p.m.  This year, the Auction will be a Premium Only Livestock Auction.  This means the animals will be retained by the exhibitor.  The order of the auction will be beef, rabbits, sheep, poultry, goats, grand and reserve grand champion smoked and non-smoked cured hams and swine.

As a follow-up to the beef, sheep, goat and swine contests, a carcass show will be held on Tuesday, July 23, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Higginsville Processing Plant.  The carcass show will evaluate all market animals exhibited in the Lafayette County Fair and sent to Lafayette County packing plants.


Saturday, July 13 is the date for the 2019 Lafayette County 4-H/FFA Horse Show at the Fairgrounds Park Horse Arena, Higginsville.  The 4-H/FFA Horse Show Opening Ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m., according to Bill Oelrichs, Fairboard President.  Ben Niendick, Stephanie Nagel, Eric Butler, Kris White and Brett Wahn are on the horse show committee.

The show will include 37 classes and out of county 4-H riders which border Lafayette County have been invited to participate.  The Horse Show Committee wishes to thank all sponsors, the Horsemanship Project Leaders, and others who have helped with the Horse Show.


                The Clover Kids Fun Night will be held immediately following the Clover Kids Pet Show on Monday, July 15.  Clover Kids are members who are ages 5 to 7.  Regular 4-H members Super Farmer Contest will be held on Tuesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Park Arena.  Contests could include calling a hog, tossing a hay bale, driving a nail and balancing a load in a wheelbarrow.  For regular 4-H members, teams must consist of 1 boy and 1 girl age 8-10, 1 boy and 1 girl age 11-13, and 1 boy and 1 girl age 14 and over.


The Lafayette County Fair 4-H Shooting Sports contests will be held July 12, 13 and 14 with the Western Heritage contest on July 14 at Rod and Joan Zeller’s Shooting Range. The contests will involve the disciplines of archery, rifle (air, pellet, small bore and muzzleloaders), shotgun and pistol (air and smallbore) and hunter and outdoor skills.  All the 4-H Shooting Sports Contests are under the supervision of Certified Shooting Sports leaders.


Lafayette County C-1 Middle School