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Montgomery County Fair expands livestock buckle presentation to include all categories

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY/dewayne@mcnews.online
MOUNT IDA – As summer approaches preparations for the 2020 Montgomery County Fair are well underway. Participants in this year’s livestock show can look forward to winning custom buckles during the fair.
Fair Board President Jennifer Barrett announced this week that they will be awarding custom buckles to Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion in each of the livestock categories this year. In the past buckles have been awarded to the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion in the cattle division only. The board has decided to expand their buckle award program to include Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion in the hog, lamb, goat and poultry divisions. Junior and Senior Showman buckles will also be presented in the Hog and Lamb divisions.
Another change in this year’s competition is an adjustment to the point system. Barrett explains that the new point system will allow cash prizes to increase in the non-livestock show divisions. They hope this will encourage more participation in the fair exhibition hall.
Fair board members and volunteers have been hard at work in preparation for this year’s fair. They are replacing a roof on one of their buildings, which also required some electrical work. They have also been painting and cutting grass around the fairgrounds. Work will continue throughout the summer on improvements at the fairgrounds.
The fair parade will return to its Sunday date at 3 p.m.
Registration for rodeo royalty is underway. Divisions include Tiny Britches (boys and girls ages 0-5 years old), Little Britches (boys and girls ages 6-10), Princess (girls ages 11-15), Queen (girls ages 16-24). Ms. Queen is for ladies 18 or older that do not otherwise qualify for Queen. For more information, contact Kathy Gossett at 870-867-5084 or Jennifer Barrett at 479-216-2176.
The fair will be held August 9-15 this year. The rodeo will be held August 14 and 15. More details will be available in the Montgomery County News as they are finalized.

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