95th Annual Rogers County Free Fair

Wednesday through Monday, September 16-21 at the Claremore Expo Center.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Other | Issue: September 2009

Robin Lujan, 4-H Volunteer of the Year, and her granddaughter, Sierrah, are active ­participants in the Rogers Country Free Fair. Fifth-grader Sierrah is a member of three 4-H clubs and won the Junior Garden Contest. For the fair competitions she grew ­vegetables, made homemade salsa, sewed canvas bags, built picture frames and more.

It’s September and autumn’s cooler weather is upon us, two signs indicating one thing – it’s time for the fair! Get ready to experience the excitement of the 95th Annual Rogers County Free Fair. This traditional county fair is a family-friendly, fun-filled event that will take place Wednesday through Monday, September 16-21 at the Claremore Expo Center.

The 2009 Fair Board members have worked hard to make the fair possible again this year and believe they’ve accomplished their goal to make it better than ever. The board members include President Bob Heidlage, Vice President Lyle Blakley, Treasurer Mark Robertson, Secretary Amie Woodward, Legal Representative Donna Priore, and members Mike Cox, Richard Gebhart, Ronald Burrows, Jim Bob Lynch and Duane Stout. Another partner in hosting the event is the Oklahoma State University Extension Service.

“The fair is always exciting because there are so many different things going on,” says Andrea St. John of the OSU Extension Service. “We encourage all Rogers County citizens to attend the fair, as well as exhibit and participate in the numerous events.”

If you’re looking for a ­classic-style fun fair, this is the one to visit. In addition to lots of food, the Rogers County Free Fair will offer a vast array of competitions and exhibits in livestock, agriculture, ­horticulture, fine arts, floriculture, archery, home economics, and education.

The fair coordinators hope that with the public’s support, this year’s fair will be more successful then ever and have not only an educational value, but also assist in maintaining the morale of Rogers County farmers, 4-H Club and FFA Chapter members, and encourage the production of more and better food products.

The livestock show will be evidence that Rogers County truly excels in this area. All types of animals will be exhibited, including cattle, sheep, swine, goats, rabbits and fowl. Entertaining animal-related events such as horse and pet shows will abound as well.

Horticulture exhibits will include competition in a variety of vegetables, fruits, grains and other crops. Some of the most exciting to see are the Giant Pumpkin, Giant Watermelon, and Giant Tomato contests.  

Fine arts contests will cover oil paintings, watercolors, photography, acrylics and colored pencil works. Home economics competitions are always popular and will take place for quilts, crocheted and knitted items, ceramics, clothing, jewelry, woodcrafts and more.

The county’s best cooks and bakers will gather to compete in concocting the most mouthwateringly delicious biscuits, muffins, cornbread, cookies, pies and cakes.

Countless educational opportunities will be on hand, too. Fairgoers can see exhibits on fabric and fashions, home and personal living space topics, babysitting and childcare, nutrition, food preservation, forestry, geology, landscaping – the list goes on and on.

The 95th Annual Rogers County Free Fair has something for everyone. Call Andrea St. John at (918) 341-2736 for more information.

FAIR CALENDAR

WEDNESDAY – 16th

2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
All Exhibits Entered, Except Livestock & Flowers

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Flower Division Entry (Potted Plants & Dried Arrangements)

THURSDAY – 17th

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Sheep Weigh-In & Entry

8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Flower Division Entry (Cut Flowers & Fresh Arrangements)

9 a.m.
Judging Begins in Exhibit Building

9 a.m.
Jr. Farm Equipment Operators Contest

12 Noon
Sheep Show (Lamb Lead Show & Cloverbud Lamb Lead 30 Minutes After Sheep Show)

12 Noon – 7 p.m.
Poultry Check-In

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Commercial Booth Set-Up

5 p.m.
Swine In Place

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Swine Weigh-In & Entry

6 p.m.
Meat Goat Division In Place

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Meat Goat Division Weigh-In

7 p.m.
Horse Show (Speed Events)

7 p.m.
Exhibit Buildings Close

FRIDAY – 18th

9 a.m.
Official Opening – All Exhibit Buildings

9 a.m.
Beef In Place

9:30 a.m.
Swine Show

1 p.m.
Archery Contest

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Beef Entries & Steer Wt. Cards – Scales Available

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
4-H Centennial Reception (Expo Building – 4-H Department)

6 p.m. (Entries 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Dog Show and Dog Fun Show

6 p.m.
Dairy Goats In Place

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
4-H Steak Dinner Fundraiser (Tickets Sold in Advance)

7 p.m.
Meat Goat Division Show

7 p.m.
Dairy In Place

7 p.m.
Beef Tie Out

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Scales available for Steer Weigh-In

7 p.m.
Beef Tie Out

10 p.m.
All Exhibit Buildings Close

SATURDAY – 19th

7 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Rabbit Check-In

8 a.m.
Rabbit Judging (Rabbit Fun Show Following Showmanship)

9 a.m.
Official Opening – All Exhibit Buildings

9 a.m.
4-H & FFA Jr. Poultry Judging

9 a.m.
Beef Show

9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Gravy Making Contest Entry (Rogers Co. Residents Only)

9:40 a.m.
Graving Making Contest Judging

10 a.m.
Horse Show (Halter Classes)

1 p.m.
Youth Talent Show

2 p.m.
Horse Show (English & Western Starting With Showmanship)

3:30 p.m.
Pedal Tractor Pull/Show & Antique Tractor Pull

4 p.m.
Sheep Release – (At Discretion of Sheep Supt. After Beef Show Is Finished)

4 p.m.
Pet Show Entry

4:30 p.m.
Pet Show Check-In

5 p.m.
Pet Show

7 p.m.
Dairy Show

7 p.m.
Bucket Calf Check-In – Show Following Dairy Show

7 p.m.
Beef Tie Out

10 p.m.
All Exhibit Buildings Close

SUNDAY – 20th

8 a.m.
Dairy Goat Show

10 a.m.
Crops Judging Contest

10 a.m.
Animals Released

12 Noon
4-H Horse Club Fun Show

12:30 – 2 p.m.
Indoor Exhibits Released

2 p.m.
Cloverbud Horse Show

2 p.m.
Livestock Premium Sale Participants & Parents Meeting

MONDAY – 21st

7 p.m.
Junior Livestock Premium Auction  

For more information, contact

Oklahoma State ­University ­Extension Service

(918) 341-2736


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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.

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