The Austin County Fair Association finally has events taking place at the fairgrounds.
On Thursday, Oct. 1, the Floral Design competition will start at 8 a.m. This will be the fifth year for the contest which offers both Floral Design and Floral Cup competitions for Junior and Senior Exhibitors.
On Friday, Oct. 2, the Hay contest and Hay Judging contest will start at 8 a.m., while the Champion Drive Livestock Show will begin in the Livestock Barn at 10 a.m. The Hay contest allows local hay farmers an opportunity to bring in their hay samples for judging. The Hay Judging contest is for FFA students to learn more about what Hay Judging entails. The Champion Drive Livestock Show brings out special needs champions from area schools who partner with FFA or 4H exhibitors to show some of the animals.
Saturday, Oct. 3, our youngest exhibitors bring out their Bucket Calf projects for their own show starting at 9 a.m. in the Livestock Barn. At 2 p.m., the exhibitors participating in the Beef Skillathon contest will meet in the Entertainment Center to begin their contest. At 5 p.m., the Rabbit contest will begin and at 5:30 p.m., the Austin County Fair Queen’s contest will begin in the Exposition and Convention Center. This year, 14 young ladies will vie for the scholarship titles of Fair Queen, Fair Queen 1st Runner-Up, Ticket Queen, and Ticket Queen 1st Runner-Up.
Sunday, Oct. 4, is poultry day with the Turkey show starting at 8 a.m. and the Broiler show starting at 5 p.m.
The Swine show starts in the Livestock Barn at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 5. Ag Mechanics will be held in the Entertainment Center at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 6th starts bright and early at 8 a.m. with the Lamb show in the Harold Luhn Barn. At 11 a.m., the Colt show will be held in the arena and the Steer competition will begin at noon in the Livestock Barn.
The Luhn Barn starts early again on Wednesday, Oct. 7, with the Goat show starting at 8 a.m. while the Halter Heifer show followed by the Scramble Heifer show will start at 11 a.m. in the Livestock Barn.
Thursday, Oct. 8, will be dedicated to getting everything ready for the Youth Livestock Auction on Friday, Oct. 9. This will also be the last day for any ticket refunds.
This year’s Youth Livestock Auction will be a hybrid of in-person and livestream online. Buyers who prefer the online option can go to www.austincountyfair.com and click on the button that says “Click Here to Be an Online Buyer.” Or a buyer can come in person. However, the auction will look different than in the past. Registered buyers will be seated at tables to be served with no interaction with the exhibitors and no animals will be present at the sale.
At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, the Tractor Tech show will wind down this year’s modified fair.