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Osceola County Fair begins today in Sibley

SIBLEY, Iowa -- In a spin-off from Iowa Day at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, the Osceola County Fair Board is organizing a Northwest Iowa Vendor Fair this Saturday as part of fair festivities in Sibley.

Fair Board Vice President Jerry Helmers said the event will showcase Iowa-made and Iowa-grown products, specifically those of Osceola County. However, in the second year of the Vendor Fair, Helmers said the event has been opened to businesses outside the county.

The Vendor Fair opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and includes Boernsen Bees, Berkland Bees, Lonneman's Elk and Cat Tale Country Wines. Several other local ag-based businesses are anticipated to be on hand for the event, Helmers said.

Coinciding with the Vendor Fair is the Osceola County Fair Barbecue Contest, with entrants invited to compete for monetary prizes in up to three different classes -- beef, chicken and pork. The competition signup begins at 6 a.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds in Sibley, with judging to begin at 3 p.m.

For the contest, the meat must be grilled on charcoal or wood-fired grills only, and pre-marinades and rubs are allowed on any uncooked entry. One pound of meat is required for submission to the judges. First-place prize in each class is $300; second place $200; third place $100; and fourth place $50. First place winners in each class may advance to the Iowa Farm Bureau Cook-Off at the Iowa State Fair.

Helmers said he hopes both Saturday events help to draw more people out to the fair.

"We want to bring more people in and show them what is actually made in Osceola County," he said of the Vendor Fair.

Also on Saturday, the Osceola County Fair Board is hosting an appreciation meal at noon.

"There's going to be old-fashioned games for the kids, and we have an old school house on our fairgrounds that the historical society is going to open up for tours on Saturday afternoon," Helmers said.

A schedule of fair events follows:


9 a.m.: Horse show

2 p.m.: Small pet show

3 p.m.: Dog show

7 p.m.: NTPA National Tractor Pullers Association in the Grandstand


8 a.m.: Swine show

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Bloodmobile

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: A1C screening sponsored by Osceola Community Hospital

1 p.m.: Eat right with color cooking demonstration, Great Plains building

1 p.m.: Story time and craft with the Sibley Public Library for students in preschool through fifth grade

1:30 p.m.: Poultry show

3 p.m.: Cell phone/digital camera scavenger hunt for all ages

4 p.m.: Horse show/games

6 p.m.: Pen of three market beef, cow-calf pair show

8 p.m.: Share-the-Fun, Fashion Review in the Grandstand, Dog demonstrations


8 a.m.: Feeder calf, breeding heifer, market beef and bottle bucket show

8 a.m.: Bottle bucket calf exhibitor interviews

10 a.m.: Make a dancing monster for students in preschool through fifth grade

11 a.m.: Bottle bucket show

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: A1C screening sponsored by Osceola Community Hospital

Noon: Lunch & Learn on colon health, Great Plains Building

1 p.m.: Dairy and dairy goat show

1 p.m.: Cup stacking challenge for people of all ages

1:30 p.m.: Activity Challenge for students in kindergarten through 12th grade

2 p.m.: Bottle bucket goat interviews

3 p.m.: Rabbit show

3 p.m.: Obstacle course for students in preschool through fifth grade

5 to 7 p.m.: 4-H BBQ

6:30 p.m.: FFA Labor Auction

7 p.m.: Figure 8 races and snowmobile drag races in the grandstand


8 to 10 a.m.: Farm Safety Camp for students ages 8 to 14

8 a.m.: Goat show

9 a.m.: Sheep show

9 a.m.: 5K/10K run/walk

10 a.m.: Beaded bracelet making for students in preschool through fifth grade

11:30 a.m.: 2010 Super Showmanship in the show ring (upon completion of sheep & goat show)

1 p.m.: Stick horse races for students in preschool through fifth grade

2 to 4 p.m.: Ag Olympics in the grandstand

3 p.m.: Junk drawer creations for students in preschool through fifth grade

3 p.m.: Barbecue contest judging begins

4:30 p.m.: Non-livestock exhibit release

5 p.m.: Livestock exhibit release

7 p.m.: Demolition Derby in the grandstand

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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