It’s Fair Time

Get ready to experience the excitement of the 94th Annual Rogers County Free Fair.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

Carolyn Lacie, treasurer of the Busy Bees, an HCE group, welcomes you to the 94th Annual Rogers County Free Fair. The Busy Bees do volunteer work for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Abuse Center and the Blood Mobile, and they are highly involved with the fair and its exhibits.

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 94th Annual Rogers County Free Fair. This traditional county fair is a family-friendly, fun-filled event that will take place September 10 through 15 at the Claremore Expo Center.

The 2008 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, Kevin Lynch and Duane Stout. Another partner in staging 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 not only to attend the fair, but also to 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, games and carnival rides, the Rogers County Fair will offer a vast array of competitions 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 very successful and will have not only an educational value, but also will 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. One of the main goals is to have agricultural exhibits that are even better and larger than in past years, demonstrating that Rogers County is second to none in agricultural resources in the state.

The livestock show will be evidence that Rogers County is outstanding in its quality of livestock. All types of animals will be exhibited, including cattle, sheep, swine, goats, rabbits, and fowl. Animal-related entertainment events such as horse and pet shows will abound as well. For instance, the kids will love the Youth Rabbit Fun Show, which offers trophies and ribbons in funny categories like Cutest Rabbit, Best Trick, Longest and Shortest Eared, Longest Jump, and Heaviest and Lightest Bunny.

The horticulture exhibits will include competition in a variety of vegetables, fruits, grains and other crops. Some of the neatest 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 be gathered to compete in concocting the most mouthwateringly delicious biscuits, muffins, cornbread, cookies, pies and cakes.

Countless 4-H educational exhibits will be on hand, such as global positioning systems, robotics, 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 94th Annual Rogers County Free Fair has something for everyone. Call Andrea St. John at (918) 341-2736 for more information.

For more information, contact

Oklahoma State University Extension

416 S. Brady
Claremore, OK 74017
(918) 341-2736

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About Author Sheryl Sowell

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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