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Greene County Youth Fair starts Thursday

Jul 21, 2021 6:00 am

Andrea Macko is reporting for Porcupine Soup that a beloved local tradition, the Greene County Youth Fair begins its 67th year on July 22, in Angelo Canna Town Park in Cairo. The opening ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by four days of animal shows, entertainment, exhibits, live music, vendors, food, and fireworks. “We really focus the fair on showcasing the youth,” said Alex Johnk, president of the Greene County Agricultural Society, Inc. the fair organizer. The high point of the event are the shows that feature youth who raise animals or exhibit handmade projects and show off their accomplishments. Greene County kids raise everything from rabbits and chickens to goats and cows to bring to the fair — in the hope of earning a ribbon. The fair last year was held virtually, due to COVID, with the youth showing their animals by video. While the event will be "more normal" this year, Johnk explained there will be less entertainment and no carnival rides. The annual barbecue has also been postponed until next year. “But it is still going to be a fun fair,” said Johnk. “It’s still going to be all about the kids.” The schedule includes Buffalo Barfield, a traditional troubadour, as well as a woodsman show that highlights traditional lumberjack skill and more. Read the full story at porcupinesoup [dot] com.