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Gracy Alger pulls a hair off her sucker

Gracy Alger pulls a hair off her sucker before continuing to snack on it while Levi Collins helps clean out a lamb pen after the sheep lead on Tuesday night. Both kids competed in the preschool class - dressing up in full costume alongside their lambs. 

The Johnson County Fair and Rodeo took over the fairgrounds last week as kids and animals from around the county joined together to show off a year’s worth of hard work. The week included emotional highs and lows, lots of naps and plenty of time in the dirt. Enjoy some of our favorite photos from the week and check our Zenfolio for more coverage. 

Parents and community members sought the shade

Parents and community members sought the shade on the stage during the beef show on Thursday. Kids played with trucks behind them while the classes of meat and breeding cattle rotated through the show ring.

Chris Rodriguez poses his rooster

Chris Rodriguez poses his rooster during the Over the Hill Showmanship event on Friday evening. The fundraiser event is new to the fair but is something say they will bring back again as a way to raise money. Rodriguez won this year’s event with his chicken and the event raised more than $1,700 for this year’s recipient - Tyler McWhorter in response to an injury he suffered earlier in the summer.

Nathan Largent high fives Evander Spencer, 4, before they race

Nathan Largent high fives Evander Spencer, 4, before they race out from behind the bleachers with Vaughn Pierson while playing with water guns. Evander confidently said he won the game even though they were spraying objects, not each other.

Trell Schiffer points out the lone pig butt

Trell Schiffer points out the lone pig butt on his tie with pride as he prepares for the market swine classes on Wednesday night.

Jessi Holland hugs her duck Quackerjack

Jessi Holland hugs her duck Quackerjack, a Jumbo Pekin, as she completes poultry showmanship on Thursday morning. Larger birds are more difficult to show and in the end Jessi just hugged her bird to keep it still.

Kelby Escoz, 9, rubs the chest of his red star chicken Fluffy

Kelby Escoz, 9, rubs the chest of his Red Star chicken Fluffy during showmanship on Thursday. Kelby whispered to his chicken throughout the class saying, “You can’t give up on me now!” Escoz was proud to say she didn’t give up on him.

Johnson County Princess contestant Jolene Schmalz returns to the royalty setup

Johnson County Princess contestant Jolene Schmalz returns to the royalty setup outside the show ring while the final class of breeding meat goats exit the other side of the ring on Wednesday morning. Lance and Lane Rabel won champion and reserve champion respectively. The royalty contestants helped distribute ribbons during livestock shows throughout the week and their contest results were announced on Saturday during the rodeo.

Ava Merritt sits on the rail of a pig wash rack

Ava Merritt sits on the rail of a pig wash rack to avoid having her 240lb. Hampshire pig Cici step on her toes on Wednesday afternoon. Merritt was told by her mom not to get her shoes wet so she dutifully left them on the grass outside the wash rack and washed her Cici from the rails.

TC Irish, 11, Gable Baker, 7, and Griffin Ruby, 8, watch

From left, TC Irish, 11, Gable Baker, 7, and Griffin Ruby, 8, watch their trucks race and roll down their homemade track during the beef show on Thursday morning on the stage. The trio was racing their trucks to see which truck would travel the farthest - often causing roll overs and crashes about halfway across the course.

Gavin Painter reaches back near the ground

Gavin Painter reaches back near the ground to gain momentum before throwing the toy for his dog on Thursday evening in the show ring. The pair played fetch until this year’s Movie in the Park, Barnyard, began.

The beef show occupied all of Thursday morning

The beef show occupied all of Thursday morning as kids and cattle rotated through the ring to show off not market and breeding cattle. The final show of the day was the Johnson County Born and Branded, a class showing off the cattle born and raised in the county.

Royce Hampshire and Justin George hang out

Royce Hampshire, 13, lays in a fitting chute next to friend Justin George, 13, while talking to friends on Wednesday afternoon. Beef kids wandered in and out of the barn, beginning to prep for the next day’s show while the swine kids next door were starting their market classes.

Jacob Hall’s sunflower received a reserver grand champion ribbon

Jacob Hall’s sunflower received a reserver grand champion ribbon in the floriculture annuals category of the open class show for this year’s fair. The open class exhibits range from photography to flowers as creations by community members compete and are displayed.

Klarissa Painter naps in the sun in the bleachers

Klarissa Painter naps in the sun in the bleachers during the slack roping on Thursday night after a long day at the beef show. Painter slept while her family watched the events in the arena and while her sister rode for royalty.

Kade Benton walks his steer around the ring

Kade Benton walks his steer around the ring as he kicks off the Johnson County Livestock Sale on Saturday evening. Benton raised and showed this year’s Grand Champion Overall winner in market beef granting him the first spot in the sale ring.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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