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Livestock shows mark Silvana Fair

 

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Cece Vaughan presented her mini-Lamancha goat at one of the livestock competitions at the 2016 Silvana Fair.

The Silvana Fair will return this year for its 70th anniversary on July 29.

The fair, held near the Silvana Viking Hall at 1331 Pioneer Way, is an event held early in the season meant for local kids to practice their livestock showing.

Parking and the event itself are free of charge.

The fair opens up with a flag raising at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.

"It's our 70th anniversary so we're trying to do some special things this year," said Darlene Strotz, a board member on the Silvana Fair Board.

Strotz said that the ribbons and pins will be specialized this year to help commemorate the 70th anniversary.

It is one of the early fairs of the summer, with constructive judges, said Strotz.

"It's the first fair of the season," she said, "and we try and bring animal judges that will help the kids."

The goal is to help give constructive feedback.

"They're very helpful and try to give advice to help the kids improve, so at that next fair they will hopefully have more information and practice and they can compete at a higher level," said Strotz.

A number of different animals are shown at the event, including goats, cattle, poultry, sheep, rabbits and pigs.

The livestock showings are all around the fair, and inside the Viking Hall are set up a number of exhibits for flowers, vegetables, arts and crafts.

"You can walk in there and mosey around to see all the inside exhibits," said Strotz.

Kid's activities begin around 9 a.m.

"We try to get a couple activities for the kids each year," said Strotz, including activities this year like a three-legged race or a money scramble in the hay for smaller children.

A new band, One Way Train, will also be playing at the fair from noon to 1 p.m.

There is "lots of good food" available from vendors at the fair as well.

Strotz said that everyone is supportive at the fair and people like the casual, community atmosphere of the Silvana Fair.

"People like the idea that it is not as commercial," she said. It is a very "low key fair" that has a different atmosphere than some of the bigger fairs in the state, she said.

Strotz said she likes all the community that comes out to the event every year.

"I like to see all the people that are out at the event," she said. "It's just a very fun time for everyone."

The free fair is put on by an all-volunteer staff.

"The whole community steps up to put it on," said Strotz.

"Every year we have many people from the community work for the week before putting it together," she said.

More information about the Silvana Fair is available at silvanafair.com.

 

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