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72nd Sierra County Fair

Fall’s in the air, and – it’s almost County Fair time!

This popular community event is set for October 11-13, 2012.

In addition to showcasing the talents of  area FFA and 4H members, the Sierra County Fair inspires all sorts of craftiness each year, and community members of all ages get in on the action!  There are too many categories to mention here, but you’re likely to encounter everything from pullets to pistachios, from calves to cobbler, from decoupage to ducks.

This year, the best Fruit Pie will win a $50 prize, and the losing pie entries (as if there could be such a thing) will be sold – along with other yummy food – at the Fair Barn Kitchen, with proceeds benefitting 4H and FFA.

For participants, things really get hopping on the Tuesday the 9th.  By the 10th and 11th, they are in full stride, bringing livestock to the grounds and completing their display booths by the 12 noon Thursday deadline.

Catch junior cowboys and cowgirls in action at the halter show and gymkhana classes that begin Thursday at 4pm.  Sales and shows continue through the weekend.

All weekend long, visitors have the opportunity to walk through the livestock area to see the sights – a variety of rabbits, cows having their coats fluffed with blowdryers and sheep getting their hoofs polished; a cacophony of sounds issuing from the area where the chickens, geese, and turkeys are waiting to greet onlookers.

You won’t want to miss the indoor displays, which include amazing quilts, delightful kids’ art, fancy stitchery, and gorgeous floral arrangements. One can also learn about community groups or pick up a little something home-made to eat, take home, or give as a gift.

All exhibits are open to the general public Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

The question on many lips right now – will there be a carnival?  As of Friday September 28 at 3:30pm, that’s unconfirmed.  We’ll try to update here, or contact the Sierra County Extension office at 575-894-2375 with questions.


  1. How does one submit entries for crafts to be displayed at the fair? What categories and entries are available? Can one rent a display booth….would like more info. please. TK McGowan

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