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Osceola County Fair kicks off Wednesday

SIBLEY, Iowa -- The 2013 Osceola County Fair will host a plethora of 4-H related events, as well as diverse entertainment, during its four-day run this week.

"We try to bring in grandstand shows that the whole family will enjoy," said Osceola County Fair Board President Steve Voss.

One new activity will bring out the musclemen of Osceola County.

"We are having an arm wrestling contest on Saturday, outside underneath a big tent," Voss noted.

A newer, popular activity that was started a few years ago provides a unique agricultural opportunity for Sibley-area children.

"The bottle bucket calf show, which was started by Kenny Goedken, has been growing in the past two or three years. Kids buy a baby calf in March or April, bottle feed it, and bring it up to ground feeds," explained Voss. "Kids who aren't in 4-H or are too young (younger than 10) can get involved in the fair at a young age.".

4-H activities include the projects on display in the 4-H building, from health and nutrition to mechanical engineering, and numerous animal shows of all kinds.

The schedule of events is as follows:


7 to 11 a.m., horse/beef cattle exhibitors have priority weigh-in, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. beef (feeder calves, cow/calf and breeding heifer); rabbit entry day; poultry entry day and poultry weigh-in

7:30 a.m., Mandatory horse check-in at the fairgrounds.

8 a.m., horse show.

2 p.m., small pet show.

3 p.m., dog show.

4 p.m., Clover Kid open class youth pet show (kindergarten through 12th grade).

4 to 6 p.m., swine weigh-in.

5 o 7 p.m., 4-H barbecue

6 to 8 p.m., sheep and goat weigh-in.

6:30 p.m., Queen Contest/Little Miss Osceola at the grandstand.

7 p.m., Share-The-Fun and Fashion Review at the grandstand.


7 to 10 a.m., dairy and dairy goat entry day.

8 a.m., swine show.

12:30 p.m., storytime and craft with the Sibley Public Library (all ages welcome, iin or near the 4-H Exhibit Building).

1 p.m., rabbit show.

4 p.m., horse show.

6 p.m., pen of three-market beef and cow-calf pair show

7:30 p.m., demolition derby and Figure 8 races.


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

8 a.m., bottle/bucket calf interviews

10 a.m., kids craft (all ages welcome, iin or near the 4-H Exhibit Building).

11 a.m., bottle bucket goat interviews.

1 p.m. dairy cow show.

2 p.m, goat/bottle bucket goat/dairy goat show.

7 p.m., Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Rodeo Association


8 a.m., sheep show.

10 a.m., poultry show.

1 p.m., Stem Kids activity (all ages welcome--held in or near the 4-H Exhibit Building).

1 p.m. Monster Arm Wrestling Tournament.

1:30 p.m., 2013 Super Showmanship in the show ring (upon completion of poultry show).

2 p.m., kids pedal tractor pull

3 p.m., Ag Olympics at grandstand/track in field (rain cancels the event).

7 p.m., National Tractor Pull Association Tractor Pull

All 4-H exhibits and livestock will be released between 5 and 9 a.m. Sunday. Dairy cows released at 9 p.m. Saturday for milking purposes. Livestock pens must be cleaned out to receive money.