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Day Care Day draws 228, ribbons add color to Mower County Fair

Day Care Day draws 228, ribbons add color to Mower County Fair
This year's Mower County Fair has activities for all ages, including train rides for the little ones.

Wednesday was Day Care Day at the Mower County Fair in Austin. A total 177 children and 51 adults enjoyed beautiful weather, hundreds of exhibits and animals from chickens to beef cattle.

Jim Jayes Magicians and Puppeteer made a special visit to Fair Square 19.

Visitors are seeing a growing number of ribbons appearing on exhibits, cages and animal pens..

Taylor Amich won a championship ribbon in the 4-H Geology classification for high school students. The display included ferns, trilobites, bivalves and amorites. An accompanying report defined what a fossil is, how it comes about and how to distinguish a plant from an animal fossil.

The Southside 4-H Club had a firm grip on the vegetable gardening competition. The club’s Ashley Brown won a championship ribbon and Morgan Brown took the reserve championship. Southside’s Logan Gosbee and Julia Mullenbach also won reserve championship ribbons in gardening.


Joshua Kresbach’s display of Viking variety potatoes brought him a championship ribbon for the Lucky Clovers Club.

A walk through the horse barn features not just the animals, but also decorations that brighten the stalls. The scene is even more colorful now that ribbons have been added.

Results in Pleasure and Games and the horse show held on the Saturday before the fair were available.

Lindsey McAlister won a halter class blue ribbon. Hers is the only draft horse in the horse barn,

"She doesn’t like being cooped up in a stall," Lindsey said. "She’s a pasture horse."

The fair continues through Sunday, and all buildings close at 10 p.m.

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