by Amie Schleicher, Regional livestock specialist, University of Missouri Extension

It wouldn’t be summertime without the county fair! Make plans to attend the Atchison County Fair, July 16-23, Atchison County fairgrounds, Rock Port.
There are activities for all ages, and exhibitors young and old from across the county will be showing off their hard work from this year.
The fair kicks off on Saturday, July 16 with something that’s been absent from the fair for a while—a horse show! The Atchison County 4-H open show will start at 9 a.m. at the rodeo arena in Tarkio.
4-H members from all over Atchison County will be demonstrating their projects at the 4-H Achievement Day on Monday, July 18 at the Velma Houts Fair Building in Rock Port. You can view their projects starting on Wednesday, July 20.
Ag mechanics and field crops exhibits will be entered and judged on Wednesday morning, July 20, and available for viewing that afternoon.
Interested in exhibiting your handiwork? Or bounty from your garden? Items to be exhibited in the home arts, horticulture, or floriculture shows can be entered on Tuesday, July 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the Velma Houts Fair Building, or on Wednesday, July 20 from 8-10:30 a.m.
The Velma Houts Fair Building will be open for viewing of exhibits on Wednesday from 12-6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you like “fair food”, like corn dogs, funnel cakes, etc., make sure to visit the food stand on the fairgrounds. It will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday, July 21; breakfast and lunch on Friday, July 22; and lunch on Saturday, July 23.
Youth with livestock projects will have their animals on display starting on Thursday, July 21. The sheep and goat show starts at 10 a.m., with the swine show starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday is another busy day with the rabbit show at 8:30 a.m., the beef show at 11 a.m., and the poultry show at 1 p.m. The livestock shows wrap up that evening with a dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the premium auction at 6 p.m.
Saturday will feature a number of family-friendly activities, including the parade at 10 a.m. through downtown Rock Port, “family fun day” activities at 11 a.m. on the fairgrounds, and the tractor pull that evening at 6:30 p.m., also on the fairgrounds.
For a complete schedule, visit the website for the MU Extension office in Atchison County or turn to page 6.