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Idaho County Fair: Pigs, people will keep cooler at the fair this year

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— It’s a hog’s world at the Idaho County Fair. At least it is this year.

Each year the fair board plans and implements improvements to the grounds and this year it’s the pigs (and their owners) who will benefit most.

“We replaced the roof on the hog barn, which was so rusted through you see more daylight than roof,” said maintenance man Rusty Lorentz.

Lorentz explained bubble wrap was placed in the ceiling as well, with foil to the outside and white to the inside.

“This not only deflects the sun and heat away from the building, but also makes the inside of the barn much brighter,” he said.

He said there won’t be any more worries about the roof leaks which were causing some of the stall boards and other wood to rot. In addition, new lights have been placed in the barn.

“Already it’s nicer and quite a bit cooler,” he said. “The real test will be this year when the pigs get in there – but I think it will be great.”

Another noted improved for this year’s fair, he said, is the addition of new bleachers to the Arena Building, where the fashion and talent shows and royalty crowning all take place.

“We put in all new bleachers along the long wall and they go up seven rows, replacing the old five rows,” he explained. “A lot more people will be able to be seated now.”

Fair starts today

COTTONWOOD – From shaved ice and scones, animals and vegetables, burgers to flowers and royalty to dancing, the Idaho County Fair has it all.

Set to start today, Wednesday, Aug. 19, and run through Saturday, Aug. 22, the fair has a variety of activities for the entire family.

Highlights of the week include the 4-H fashion show set for tonight at 7 p.m. in the Arena Building. Members from throughout the county’s 19 clubs who participate in the Making the Most of Me project will model outfits they have made or purchased.

Thursday, 7 p.m., at the same venue, the Two-Minute Talent Show will take place. Participants range in age from preschool through adult and each act has no more than two minutes to make an impression on show judges and the audiences. Prizes are awarded in each age group.

Friday night will feature the one of the week’s biggest crowd draws – crowning of the 2016 fair royalty court. Queen Brooke Eades and princesses Lauren Goldman and Madison Ulmer will pass on their crowns to three of the six candidates: Katrina Frei, Rachel Kelley, Davi Murphy, Kortney Sims, Abigail Stowell and Hailey Williams. At 7:30 p.m., the band Beargrass will also play in the gazebo area.

Saturday, Aug. 22, the fair parade will feature grand marshals Leon and Sheryl Ann Slichter of Grangeville and is set to travel through downtown, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday afternoon will bring to close the fair with the livestock sale starting at 1 p.m. in the Vernon Agee Livestock Pavilion.

Details on each day of the fair can be found in this week’s special Idaho County Free Press Fair 2015 section.


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