Organizers and contestants spent Sunday setting up animal pens and preparing to compete in livestock shows at the Boone County Fair this week in Sturgeon. 

About 150 people are expected to compete in the livestock shows throughout the week.

Competitors must be at least 8 and no older than 21. Everyone registered is either a member of 4-H or Future Farmers of America, according to Caroline Sicht, an organizer of the event.

Sicht said she used to compete in the livestock showing at the Boone County Fair when she was a child. She said organizing the event is a way for her to give back to her community.

"Everything we do goes back to the kids," Sicht said. This is her first year organizing the event.

Participants can show pigs, sheep, goats, beef cattle, rabbits or chickens. Sicht said contestants also have the option to enter multiple animals.

Rachel Lawson said her daughter has been preparing for the shows since March. She raises her own pigs to be shown at the fair and picks the best of the litter to show.

Lawson said her daughter walks the pigs each night and bathes them once a week. Occasionally the pigs get cookies after their walks.

"Just watching the end result of all of her hard work pay off is rewarding," Lawson said. The family has been showing pigs at the fair for about 10 years.

At a meeting under the pig tent Sunday, organizers explained the rules and expectations of the coming week.  

If families want to sell their pigs after the showing, the animals must meet the minimum weight requirement of 230 pounds. 

Only immediate family members can assist the competitors with showing and preparing their livestock.

On Friday afternoon, livestock will be auctioned off to potential buyers.

Here are highlights of events to come later in the week.

  • Ham judging begins at 8 a.m. Monday.
  • The Boone County Fair Pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
  • The Breeding Market Goats and Breeding Sheep Show will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday and the Pony Pull will follow at 7 p.m.
  • The Poultry and Rabbit Show will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday and the Swine Show will follow at 6 p.m.
  • The Livestock Auction begins at 6 p.m. Friday and the Phil Vandel concert will follow at 9:30 p.m.

The Boone County Fair will wrap up with a Ham Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday. Admission for the breakfast is $20. The event will conclude with the Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m.

A full list of the week’s festivities can be found on the Boone County Fair website.

Supervising Editor is Marcelle Peters.

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