County fair offers unique opportunity for youth of all ages
Nothing helps improve the self-esteem of children like being recognized for a job well done.
That’s exactly what the 98th Annual Oklahoma County Free Fair, scheduled for Aug. 23-25 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, aims to do with its Open Youth categories.
Young people of all ages can enter their photography, computer designs, rocketry, woodworking projects, baked goods, posters, crafts, individual clothing designs, models, art, candles, garden produce or even livestock for cash prizes and blue ribbons.
Other competitive events include an Ice Cream Sundae Making Contest for youth ages one to 19 on Saturday morning beginning at 9:30 a.m.
In this contest, kids need to bring their own containers, toppings and decorations (ice cream is provided) to build their best sundae, which will be judged for presentation.
A Kiddy Tractor Pull will also offer competition on Saturday morning for children 12 years and under. The Tractor Pull competition can qualify youth for regional and state tractor pulls and begins at 10 a.m. (or directly following the Ice Cream Sundae Contest).
On Saturday, Aug. 25, youth will also get to meet clowns from the Hoho’s Central Oklahoma Clown Station, who will offer free face painting and balloon art.
In addition, youth of all ages can take part in the Saucy Salsa Contest or Ice Cream Freeze-Off on Friday evening and the Pie Baking Contest on Saturday. Each of these cooking contests have no age requirements, so anyone is free to enter.
Youth can also get an up-close and personal look at some giant millipedes and hold a live tarantula Saturday at the OSU Insect Zoo exhibit, which will be at the fair from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
“Our fair offers a wide variety of opportunities for kids of all ages,” commented Diana Romano, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for the OSU Cooperative Extension Service.
“There’s more than ever this year that guarantees a fun time for them and they can also bring home blue ribbons and cash premiums.”