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Oklahoma's County Fairs Provide Prizes, Family-Friendly Attractions

Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:30:11 CDT

Oklahoma's County Fairs Provide Prizes, Family-Friendly Attractions
Is a blue ribbon growing in your garden? A prize-worthy cucumber, squash or pepper may be ripening in your backyard just waiting for a chance to be exhibited at one of Oklahoma's county fairs. Educating farmers was the goal of fairs in the early 1800's, but anyone can exhibit produce, flowers or baked goods now. In fact, there is a vast array of categories that didn't exist when county fairs began. Handmade and homegrown items may include everything from jams and jellies to digital photography.

Livestock exhibits remain a popular element of each county fair. Students in FFA and 4-H programs exhibit animals they have raised and cared for including swine, cattle, goats, sheep, poultry and rabbits. Many urban residents look forward to this annual opportunity to meet farmers and ranchers and learn first-hand about animals important to our state's economy.

The Harper County Fair in the panhandle offers a special exhibit of horsemanship and the Cleveland County Free Fair in Norman stages a celebrity cow-milking contest and a goat roping contest.

Games, crafts and good food will round out the day's entertainment options. Many fairs also host local performers and even some nationally-known headliners.

Go to www.travelok.com to find directions to county fairs across the state.



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