HOUSTON – There is no Chickasaw County fair, but this is close.
Chickasaw County Ag Day will be held Oct. 3-5 at the Chickasaw County Agri-Center in Houston with most events free and open to the public.
“We want to see this grow,” said Angie Abrams, Chickasaw County 4-H Program Associate. “Agriculture is big business around here, we have the perfect place for it and we think it is a good idea.”
This is the third year for Ag Days to be hosted by the Chickasaw County Extension Service and local ag agencies. The three-days of fun will see typical 4-H exhibits on Thursday, a buckaroo rodeo for youngsters on Friday and a traditional ranch rodeo on Saturday night.
“We have a lot of good cooks, homemakers and craftsmen in this community and we want them to enter our show,” said Kathie Funderburk, event coordinator. “Many of these talents are a dying art and we need our seniors to show the next generation how this stuff is done.”
Categories range from jewelry and photography to clothing, canning and cooking.
The competition is broken down into youth and adult. There is a $5 fee to enter an exhibit.
Friday will see a Buckaroo Rodeo for kids 12 and under.
“You can make your own stick horse or we will help you make one,” said Angie Abrams, Chickasaw County 4-H coordinator. “It’s going to be a lot of fun for both kids, adults and grandparents. This will be a night for families.”
There will be stick-horse barrel race, bronco riding, dummy roping and wild cow milking. The night will wrap up with a chicken chase. There will also be a celebrity rodeo with local movers and shakers asked to compete in a variety of rodeo events to raise money to finance the three-day event.
Abrams said local businesses are being solicited for prizes for first place winner and ribbons will be given in all categories.
“We will be asking people to get involved and help us with this,” said Abrams. “This is about this community having a little fun and doing something with kids. I hope people will support it.”
Saturday’s ranch rodeo will see cowboys compete in sorting, mugging, trailer-loading, branding and team-roping and will pay in average and fastest time in each event. There is a $200 4-man team entry fee with a 60-percent payout.
Barrel racing has a $25 entry fee and 60-percent payout and $100 added with 20 entries.
For more information or for a complete list of rules please call Abrams at 456-4269. or stop by Chickasaw Journal at 225 East Madison in downtown Houston or the Chickasaw County Extension offices on Lee Horn Drive.