June 30, 2011

Clean-Up Day Finalizes Fairgrounds Preparation for 2011 Events

With the Scotland County Fair just a few weeks away, all four county 4-H clubs and FFA members convened at the fairgrounds on June 18th for fair clean-up day.

In the Art Hall, display shelves and tables were dusted and washed; floors swept and cleaned; and bathrooms scrubbed. Outside, volunteers were busy weed eating, mowing, spraying, and pulling weeds. Unfortunately, last summer the tree located on the south side of the cattle barn was lost due to a lightning strike. Several volunteers provided heavy equipment to get the tree down and cut into smaller pieces. The remaining pieces were then burned during clean-up day.

The hog barn has received the biggest facelift this year thanks to funding from grants and generous local donors. The east barn now has 36 new pens installed, enough to hold roughly 72 hogs. The old pens were removed, recycled, sold or burned depending on the shape they were in.

Throughout the year, volunteers have been busy giving many of the barns a fresh coat of paint and have even braved a few of the various livestock barn roofs with their paint sprayers. Fair crews have also been busy adding and leveling rock on the roads and in the carnival area.

Many volunteered in the sheep barn cleaning the stalls and bleachers. The sheep show arena roof received some reinforcement and new shavings were spread in the arena.

There were also some significant improvements made in the cattle barn. The old bleachers were removed to open up the entire front of the barn. The cattle barn is home to the poultry and rabbits also. Many 4-H kids exhibiting rabbits and/or poultry rebuilt, suspended and painted the show cages. The barn was raked out by several young, but strong 4-H kids.

Finally, younger patrons of the fair will notice additions to the play area located just south of the cattle barn. A new swing set, shade trees, and wooden benches were added to the existing play area in honor of Gorin Go-Getters Deny Clatt and Lucille Boyer for their numerous contributions to the Scotland County 4-H program and to the Scotland County Fair.

Hats off to everyone who has volunteered their time and labor or donated in any way to the many improvements that have been made for this year's fair. The community is encouraged to attend the 2011 fair July 5-10 and see the upgrades firsthand.

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