Taylor County Fair dairy, beef, youth shows are June 2

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Though the rides won't begin until two days later, the Taylor County Fair opens on Saturday, June 2, with the annual beef, dairy and youth shows.

The Taylor County Fair Open Dairy Show and Open Youth Show will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Taylor County Fairgrounds.

Supreme senior champion will receive $300. Supreme junior champion will receive $200.

Breeds competing will be Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein and Jersey, red and white.

Premiums will be $20, $15, $12, $10 and $8 for heifers and cows. There will be a production bonus of $5 each with proof of record on cows that are 2, 3 and 4 years of age.

There will be breed group classes. The best bred and owned will receive $15, $10 and $7. Dam and daughter will receive $15, $10 and $7. Registration papers will be required at entry.

For the open youth showmanship competition, novice winners will receive gifts and ribbons. For juniors (9 to 13) and seniors (14 to 19), first place will receive a $75 savings bond. Second place will receive a $50 savings bond. Cash prizes of $200 will be awarded depending on class sizes.

No cattle will be allowed before 6 p.m. and all cattle must be on the grounds by 9:30 a.m.

Show order will be showmanships, cows, supreme senior champion, heifers, supreme junior champion, best bred and owned and dam and daughter.

Barrels will be provided for milk. Dumping forfeits premiums. Shavings will be provided. No straw will be allowed.

Gate opens at 8 a.m. Admission fee is $5 and concessions will be available.

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The Taylor County Fair Open Beef Show will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Taylor County Fairgrounds.

Check-in will be required one hour before show time.

Bull and heifer classes will be offered and breeds include Angus, Hereford, Charolais, Limousin, Polled Herford, Salers, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn, Simmental and Crossbreed.

The supreme champion heifer and bull will receive $250.

Premiums for bulls and heifers of each breed are $25 for first, $18 for second and $10 for third. Grand champion is $50 with $25 to the reserve champion.

Classes for heifers include junior calf, late senior calf, early senior calf, late summer yearling, early summer yearling, late junior yearling, early junior yearling, senior yearling, champion female, reserve champion female and supreme champion female.

Classes for bulls include junior calf, senior calf, summer yearling, junior yearling, 2-year-olds, champion bull, reserve champion bull and supreme champion bull.

Concessions will be available. Admission is $5.

For more information, call Steve Martin at 403-4630 or the Taylor County Extension Office at 465-4511 or visit www.taylorcountyfair.org.