By: Eddie Stephens | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: September 2006
Roxane Gebhart and her Hereford heifer Micah are ready for the Premium Sale.
The approaching fall season signals its Fair season! Those characteristic sights, sounds and smells will soon fill the grounds of the Claremore Expo when the Rogers County Free Fair begins.
This annual event highlights the transition from summer to fall. This year’s fair dates are September 13-18.
The Rogers County Free Fair Board welcomes everyone to experience the numerous featured exhibits and attractions. The Fair Board encourages Rogers county residents to not only attend, but exhibit as well.
Primarily coordinated by the Fair Board, another primary event partner is the Oklahoma State University Extension Service. Vernon Scogin, serves as Extension Educator emphasizing Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development.
Rogers County Fair Board member Mike Cox with daughter Sydney at the Fair.
Speaking of the OSU Extension Services partnership with the Free Fair Board Scogin adds, “We’re involved to help the Rogers County Fair Board run the event.” It’s a great opportunity for the community to join together, have fun and celebrate the agricultural diversity unique to the fair environment.”
Scogin points out, “We try to be a traditional county fair in what has become an ever urbanizing environment.” He believes the traditional environment of the county fair is timeless and vitally important for the Rogers County communities as they are growing.
The fair hosts a large number of quality exhibits in addition to plenty of entertainment and a place to mingle among friends. Each year the fair successfully draws the community together around the accomplishments of those who exhibit.
Entry categories are numerous, ranging from cooking to horticulture to fine arts. There is also a variety of livestock and small animal exhibits including local school’s 4-H and FFA offerings.
The agricultural theme provides a showcase for the related abundant resources of Rogers County. The livestock show exemplifies the outstanding quality of the county’s livestock in addition to the farming emphasis revealed by the various crops on display.
Most of the exhibit categories are judged and awarded according to the rules established by the Board. You can contact the Rogers County Free Fair Board through the OSU Extension Services Office for a copy of the competition schedule details and requirements.
The Fair Board maintains a commitment to assuring that your fair experience is informative, educational and extremely enjoyable. Board members for 2006 are:
Bob Heidlage, President; Lyle Blakley, Vice-President; Mark Robertson, Treasurer; Gerome Teehee, Secretary; other members include Mike Cox, Ronald Burrows, Kevin Froman, Richard Gebhart, Kevin Lynch and Legal Representative, Donna Priore.
The Board states, “Our Fair last year was a success, and with the past experience we hope to be able to serve the people who contributed this year. We hope our agricultural exhibits will be better and larger each year; demonstrating that Rogers County is second to none in the state.”
You can expect this year’s fair to include not only the traditional exhibits and livestock show but also everyone’s favorite – the carnival midway. Many rides and attractions will be on site and don’t forget countless choices of enjoyable food and snacks you’ll only find at a county fair.
The 2006 Rogers County Fair Board in partnership with the OSU Extension Service invites you to launch the fall season by enjoying the Rogers County Free Fair; September 13-18 at the Claremore Expo. Fall’s approaching – it must be Fair time!
Mike Runner and son Blake Runner at the fair.