Trot On Down To The Fair 2022

Photo by Sandy Millar

The Clayton Community Fair is coming this weekend (August 26th, 27th, and 28th). Whether you are looking for great exhibits, vendors, food, or a variety of animals to view, this event has a packed schedule worth checking out.

This three-day Community Fair will be held on the fourth week of August (the 26th, 27th, and 28th) at the Clayton Fairgrounds at 4616 Wallbridge Road, Clayton. The Fair has been held at this location for over 15 years. Tickets are available at the gate for $3 per person, and kids under 6 are free. Parking is free, and Boy Scout Troop will be available to direct traffic. 

One of the significant events of the fair is the 4-H and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) annual livestock sale which will be Saturday, August 27th at 3pm. Purchasing an animal supports the youth projects. The Market Livestock Program concludes after the animals are sold, and profit or loss on the investment is determined. The money earned from the sale goes directly back to the individual who raised the animal. Ultimately, teaching these future farmers a lesson in economics and rewarding them for months of caring for their livestock. There will be live music after the auction and plenty of food vendors to enjoy dinner at the fair. Also, on Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy a free breakfast at the Clayton Grange booth at the fairgrounds between 6:30am to 10am. 

This year they are suspending their Royalty Program until further notice due to not having an advisor to oversee this program. If you or someone you know is interested in being an advisor, please send a resume to [email protected].

The Clayton Community Fair is organized by The Deer Park Fair Association, a non-profit organization. Their purpose is to support the positive education and enrichment of the community, whether young or old. In addition, the association wants to provide an inviting environment for people who want to participate in demonstrating, displaying, presenting, or showing things they have baked, grown, created, raised, sewn, or trained, be it a hobby or a business.

Even though registering for exhibits is closed, it is good to remember that Clayton Community Fair (CCF) is an all-open class fair where they have two divisions, one for youth and another for adults.  Anyone over 18 yrs of age at the start of the fair will show up in the adult class. Where needed, exhibitors will be grouped as follows: Peewee (Under Kindergarten), Novice (K to 2nd), Junior (3rd thru 5th), Intermediate (6th thru 8th), and Senior (9th thru 12th). Anyone exhibiting livestock must live in the Deer Park, Mead, Springdale, Riverside, Nine Mile Falls, Loon Lake, or Valley School District Boundaries. This year, the green barn has the theme of burgundy, so keep an eye out for how exhibitors highlight this color. New this year, organizers have set up for children who are non-fair participants to learn more about how to join in next year. So they encourage everyone to come out this year to get ideas on what exhibits you can participate in next year.

If you want to learn more about the fair or volunteer, the organizers have monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday of the month. They usually meet at the Pizza Factory during the cold months and the veggie barn at the Clayton Fairgrounds in the warmer months, with no meetings in November or December. For more information, contact them at their website Claytoncommunityfair.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ClaytonCommunityFairgrounds.

Below is the schedule for the Clayton Community Fair; however, organizers do warn that it is subject to change.

Friday, August 26th

8am

  • Fair Exhibits Open 
  • Opening Ceremonies

8am to 6pm

  • Horse Show

8:30am

  • Swine Market Classes
  •  Benched Dogs to be checked in
  •  Poultry & Rabbit Meat Pen Weigh In

9:00am

  • Barn meeting Poultry & Rabbits
  • Poultry & Rabbit cage Conformation
  • Swine Fitting and Show—Breed Classes follow

9:30am

  • Rabbit Meat pen judging
  • Rabbit Fitting & Showing

10:00 am

  • Poultry meat pen judging
  • All Goat Fitting & Showing, conformation follow
  • Horses – Jumping

10:30 am

  • Dog Fitting & Showing

11:00 am

  • Cat Fitting and Showing

11:30 am

  • Beef Market Fitting & Showing, Conformation & Breed to follow

12:30 pm

  • Cat Conformation and Obedience Rabbit Conformation & Fitting & Showing

2:00 pm

  • Sheep Market Classes
  • Sheep Fitting and Show—Breed Classes follow
  • K9 CGC test
  • Carrot eating contest in cage—Rabbits

3:00 pm

  • Poultry Conformation, Fitting & Show to follow

3:30 pm

  • Cat Cage Judging

4:00 pm

  • Dogs released

4pm to 8pm

  • Live Music at the Gazebo

4:30pm

  • Cat Costume Judging
  •  Rabbit & Chicken agility course

6:30pm

  • Cat area cleanup with awards to follow  

7:30pm

  • Cats Released

8.00pm

  • Building closed

 

Saturday, August 27th

6:30am to 10:00am

  • Breakfast served—Clayton Grange booth

8am

  • Fair Exhibits Open 

9:00am

  • Clayton Fair Car Show
  • Rabbit & Chicken Barn Meeting
  • Rabbit breed ID Test, ongoing till 4:00 pm
  • Poultry breed ID Test, ongoing till 4:00 pm
  • Parade entries due, see superintendents
  • Dogs Obedience with Rally to follow

9:30am

  • Rabbit Fitting & Showing

10:00 am

  • Dairy Goat milking & Costume contest
  • Sheep – Obstacle course followed by costume contest
  • Dairy Cow Fitting & Showing, Breed to follow

12:00 pm

  • Small & Large Animal Round Robin

1:00 pm

  • Parade on Fairgrounds

3:00 pm

  • Poultry Conformation, Fitting & Show to follow

3:00 pm

  • LIVESTOCK SALE—4-H & FFA ANIMALS

4:00 pm

  • Dogs released

After Sale to 8pm

  • Live Music at the Gazebo

8.00 pm

  • Building closed

 

Sunday, August 28th

6:30am to 10:00am

  • Breakfast served—Clayton Grange booth
  • Pocket Pets Arrive before 9:00 am 

8am

  • Cowboy Church at the Arena

8:30am

  • Fair Exhibits Open 

9:00am

  • Pocket Pet Judging
  • Rabbit & Chicken Barn Meeting
  • Fashion– Oral Interview 

9:30am to 11:00am

  • Apple Pie Contest- Bring to Culinary Dept.
  •  Youth Presentation Contest
  •  Dog Agility

10:00 am

  • Fashion Revue

11:00 am

  • Funny Bunny Contest

11:15 am

  • Funny Chicken contest

11:30 am

  • Egg Toss Contest
  • Apple Pie Judging begins

Noon:

  • Great American Ice Cream Freeze Off Contest

12:30pm

  • Any miscellaneous Contest (At Gazebo)
  • Apple Pie Auction

1:00pm

  • Some hogs may be released to butcher at the discretion

of livestock committee

1:30 pm

  • Groom Squad – Rain or Shine

3:00pm

  • Green barn and Floral Barn closed
  • Start Clean-up of all areas
  •  Fair Ends for this year!

 

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