July 11, 2006
It's summertime, and that means County Fair season. The Madison County Fair opened Tuesday with plenty of exciting sites and sounds.
Carnival rides and greasy food may be common at county fairs, but in Madison County kids are getting ready to show off their livestock. With all different types of livestock shows, there is a lot of preparation that goes into making this week successful.
"We start in September. The kids normally start their projects in December and work on up through July," explained Kelly Mallory, a 4-H Extension Agent.
Katlin Carpenter, President of Madison County's Dairy Club, has been showing her animals for the past eight years, but being in the show never seems to get old.
"I like showmanship. It's fun. It's really intense because you have to make sure you are looking at the judge the whole time and smiling and you have to pay attention a lot," said Katlin.
In Madison County, children as young as 5-years-old up to those who are seniors in high school show off their cows, and of course, the hope is to bring home that winning grand champion cow.
"I'm trimming her utter and just little spots on her body to make her look a little more sharp and dairy. You want the cow to look dairy because that means that they milk a lot, and the judges like to see that," explained Chelsea Banks, who has participated for the last nine years.
Katlin, whose family owns a dairy farm, has a long week ahead of her.
"I'm showing two heifers and three cows today. I'm showing a steer on Thursday.”
Even Little Miss Madison, Tyler Cinciotti, came out for the fair's events.
"I get to be in a parade and then I get to come back and show my Holstein heifer."
Whether you come for the rides or the agricultural shows, organizers say the Madison County Fair is sure to be a good time.
The carnival rides opened Tuesday at 6 p.m., and the fair lasts all the way through Saturday.