Hamming it up: preparing for the fair

Thursday, July 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:36 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

People from all over the county are expected to bring their carefully crafted projects to the fairgrounds today for the Boone County Fair. The 58th annual event kicks off Monday. They’ll enter their items — everything from displays on cake decorating to the ideal country cured ham — for judging in three different fair contests.


Defending Youth Ham Show champion Emma McAdams, 16, her brother Cole, 15, and the McAdams household will each enter a ham in the contest. To “make them pretty,” they’ll rub the cured hams in oil and paprika, said Matt McAdams, the event co-chair and Emma and Cole’s father.

“It’s just one of those times,” Matt McAdams said. “It’s fair time — we take down the hams and clean them up.”

There are usually between 250 and 300 entries for the Ham Show, McAdams said.

Ham judging starts at 7 a.m. Friday in the Multipurpose Building at the fairgrounds. The top hams will be auctioned off directly after the traditional Ham Breakfast on July 24.

But if ham judging isn’t your cup of tea, there will be plenty of other displays of local talent.


Entrants can bring their work to the Multipurpose Building from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Judges will send the best projects to compete at the state fair.


Boone County residents can enter their hand-crafted items in the Home Arts contest from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the Multipurpose Building. Hand-crafted examples of everything from baking to metalwork will be judged and displayed for a week.


The annual parade through downtown Columbia starts at the corner of Willis and Broadway at 10 a.m. Saturday. No pre-registration is necessary. The parade proceeds west on Broadway to Fifth Street, north to Walnut Street, and finally east on Ninth Street.


The Fun Horse Show takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Boone County Fair Arena.

The 4-H/Future Farmers of America Horse Show starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, and includes performance events in halter classes, showmanship and games.


The 58th Annual Boone County Fair opens 4 p.m. Monday and runs through July 25. Admission is $3; children ages 6 and under are admitted for free. The carnival opens at 6 p.m. Monday for $1 rides; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. for $15 wristbands; Wednesday at 6 p.m. for $10 wristbands; and Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to close, each for $15 wristbands. Admission to the fair is free on July 25. For details and a complete schedule, call 573-474-9435, or go to the fairgrounds Web site.

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