The 2010 Clay County 4-H Fair officially began Saturday with the 2010 Queen and Princess pageants
Clay County 4-H Extension Educator Melanie Brown said many of the items on the schedule for this year's fair are similar to ones from the past, but there are some new events.
For example, she said there is a Kiss A Pig contest scheduled this year.
Brown said the 4-H Council Fundraising Committee elected to put together the event this year as a fundraiser.
Brown, along with 4-H Council President Jim Stevenson and 4-H coordinator Dianna Knox are currently in the running to smooch a pig.
"This is the first time in my life that I hope I don't win," Brown said.
She said donation boxes will be set up in the exhibit hall. The person with the most money in their container will get to kiss the pig. The boxes will be set up in the hall from July 17-22.
In addition, Brown said she will be "arrested" Wednesday, July 14, as part of a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
She will be "locked up" at the MDA's Telethon Lock-up and her bail will be set at $2,000.
Those interested in helping "bail out" Brown may do so by making pledges by calling 448-9041.
Brown added the 2010 Clay County 4-H Horse and Pony show will have a touch of pink this year.
During three shows, members of the horse and pony group will be selling rhinestone charms and handmade ribbons for purchase.
All money collected will go to breast cancer research.
In the past, the exhibit hall was open Friday evenings before the official kickoff of the fair.
However, this year, Brown said the hall will not open until Saturday, July 17.
"We were having to scramble like madmen to get everything together," Brown said. "This is a way to avoid a lot of confusion."
As well, community organization Serving On The Streets (S.O.S.) will conduct a dinner at the fair this year.
Typically, the 4-H Council conducts a dinner throughout the week. However, this year, S.O.S. will conduct a fundraising dinner Wednesday, July 21, from 4-8 p.m.
"Someone had mentioned it at a council meeting and one thing led to another and we thought it might be a good fit," Brown said.
Back this year is the Celebrity Sheep Show. Although Brown said she does not know which county celebrities will show sheep, the event is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 20.
The Brazil Times will have representatives at the Clay County Fair beginning Monday, July 19.
The Times will have a photographer stationed near the Junior Leaders' food stand between 5-6 p.m., Monday, July 19, through Friday, July 23, to take photographs of Grand Champions from this year's fair.
For more information, call 446-2216, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.