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Posted on: September 14, 2021

2021 Elbert County Fair Highlights

Kelli Kerchal

2021 Elbert County Fair Highlights

Record-Breaking Junior Livestock Sale and Impressive Attendance

 

The 2021 Elbert County Fair made some significant schedule changes to highlight livestock shows during the week and to bring some new events for the community on the weekends. Attendance for the eight-day fair was terrific and popular events like the Horseshoe Tournament, Rodeo with Mutton Bustin’ and Horse Pull were crowd-pleasing favorites.  

 

Thanks to so many amazing sponsors, all events at the fair were free, including free admission and parking. A small fee was charged for the Kiddie Corral, which had several carnival rides and a trackless train.

 

Impressive 4-H and FFA Participation

Events that include 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) projects are a highlight of our county fair and promote our rural lifestyle while bringing the community together. 

 

Below is an overview of this year’s participation:

  • 4,345 individual 4-H class entries
  • 305 4-H participants
  • 377 active 4-H members ages 8-18
  • 40 Clover Bud members ages 5-7
  • 91 certified adult volunteers

 

Record-Breaking Junior Livestock Market Sale

Another annual tradition is the Junior Livestock Market Sale. The students who participate in this program have invested their time, talents, and substantial money in caring for and feeding their premium stock. Market sales of beef, lamb, swine, goat, rabbit and poultry totaled a record-breaking $760,000, distributed among 159 exhibitors. 

 

The top market earners this year included the following:

  • Grand Champion Market Beef exhibited by Kelli Kerchal and purchased by Patty Ann’s Café for $13,500. 
  • Reserve Grand Champion Market Swine exhibited by Sadie McWhorter and purchased by Potestio Brothers for $9,180. 
  • Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef exhibited by Troy McWhorter and purchased by Chris and Andrea Richardson for $9,150. 

4-H helps develop lifelong skills in its members. These skills come in the form of leadership, citizenship, responsibility, good sportsmanship and financial management. The livestock sale often provides 4-H members with money to put toward college, invest in their own livestock or recover the project's cost.  

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