The deadline to register for classes has been extended to Monday, June 17 at p. Even if you have registered your animals online, you still MUST complete a fair entry form horses not included. You will need to register for your market or breed classes, showmanship, record book, skills test and skillathon on this form.
With these two recipients, the memorial scholarship's fund has now awarded twelve scholarships since its inception in Recipients are awarded based on their long term diverse participation at the fair, commitment to community service and their leadership experiences. Christy graduated from Ovid-Elsie High School a few short weeks ago. Christy can often be found working with her pigs at the fair and has earned the top award in woodworking for her mastery of the project area.
She also has exhibited handcrafted dresses and jams. Lyndsi has been a longtime exhibitor of beef at the fair and will be bringing a steer again this coming year. Lyndsi has also participated in goats, crafts, fiber arts and foods at the fair. Congratulations to Lyndsi and Christy on their accomplishments! Online animal registrations are finally coming to Gratiot County Fair for Youth. The fair is working with FormSite to create online registrations to register animals this coming year. Before registering your market beef, feeder, goat, sheep and swine projects you will need to have the following:.
Candidates should be organized, have basic knowledge of how a fair animal show runs, and most importantly interact well with our youth exhibitors, volunteers and parents. The Dairy Superintendent will:. Contact the fair office with any questions at bgardner gcffy. This award is designed to showcase the contributions made by youth volunteers throughout Michigan to benefit fairs.
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Keegan helped to plan, organize, set-up, take down and evaluate the parking areas since the fair changed to its new arrangement of parking. Keegan is also very active helping in the sheep department where he assists with set-up, clean-up and teaching exhibitors showmanship. Gratiot County Fair for Youth thanks Keegan and all of our youth volunteers for helping to make their fair better. Previously, Shanna has served as the assistant swine superintendent. Shanna grew up with the fair showing livestock and her family has raised and showed quality show swine and Jared works in the swine industry.
Like Shanna, Olivia grew up with the fair and continues to give back as an alumnus. Olivia served last summer as the interim Companion Animal Superintendent where she did an exceptional job. Olivia is also a recent graduate of Central Michigan University. As the last fiscal year came to a close, GCFFY had donors who helped the fair meet its funding equation for GCFFY is fiscally strong which helps us provide our exhibitors with an educational and memorable fair experience in safe, functional and well maintained fair facilities.
GCFFY appreciates every person who supports the fair through a donation of time or resources. Click here for a complete list of all fair donors. This year due to increased commitments at work for both they are stepping away from leading this large department. During their tenure they have seen the swine project area numbers increase steadily forcing them to work hard to find a way to house animals without having enough pens.
Some accomplishments in their four years were working with Breckenridge Insurance Agency to purchase the swine gates in the arena. Using these new pens has dramatically increased efficiency of the shows. This past year, Brett and Jeanne helped to successfully integrate cavy projects into the rabbit department.
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A common question of GCFFY exhibitor families is how can they get a camping spot on the fairgrounds for the fair. The fair first re-offers campsites to families who have camped with us during the last fair. These families have until mid-February to turn in their campsite registration paperwork which is mailed out in mid-November. The fair will move families who indicate they want to move based on the vacancies left from campers who do not renew and then will offer the open spots to new families from the campsite waiting list on a first-on, first-off basis.
It is a list of families who have contacted the fair office to let them know they are interested in getting a site. Currently there are 57 families on the waiting list. This is not as bad though as it seems.
Many families who were offered a site for chose not to take the site for various reasons. These families were able to stay on the list in case something changed for them in the future and statistically do not often take a site in the future.
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Your name will be added in the order it is received. The fair has contracted dates with Maple Leaf Amusements through Maple Leaf Amusements have been providing exceptional carnival rides, food and games to the GCFFY midway since and the fair looks forward to continuing our great partnership through at least the beginning of the next decade.
Pork Quality Assurance is a certification program to educate swine producers how to raise a quality meat product. Historically, MSU Extension partnered with the Pork Board to provide the education of this program for youth participating in swine fair projects. The fair decided since buyers are not getting additional money for reselling swine projects raised from "certified producers", that they would no longer require this certification of their exhibitors.
Furthermore the fair's Market Record Keeping Sheet which was due on the last Saturday of fair will go away. The fair is creating yet another form for youth exhibitors to complete. Any exhibitor who plans to show breeding stock non-market beef, dairy, goat and sheep projects at the fair MUST preregister their fair animals. Paperwork received after 30 days past the registration deadline will not be accepted and animals will not be able to show. This is a change so make sure you let anyone showing these types of animals know so they can plan. The new form can be downloaded by clicking here.
The past few years has seen a huge increase in not only the amount of non-food still exhibit projects sold but also in the quality. GCFFY fair exhibitors have worked hard to master their craft to present some truly unique hand-crafted items for sale. This past year there was some confusion on the release of items at the fair. For the sale, exhibitors who will sell these non-food items will get a card when signing-up their exhibit sale project.
This card will have a place for the exhibitor to complete their phone number s and name and a part for the buyer to write their contact information and name. The fair hopes this will help all sale projects to be delivered to the right place after the fair. The Fair will be changing the Still Exhibit Release time in The fair will be dismissing projects on the last Saturday of fair Saturday, August 3, from p.
The fair has seen many projects leave the fairgrounds early the past years which has created a difficult time for our clubs who have done Barn Security. After p. The Still Exhibit Barn will not be open to visitors on the fair's last Saturday.
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The new form will ask club leaders to participate in things they are already doing to help the fair. Club Leaders will agree to have their club perform their pre and post fair assigned clean-up duties for the fair. Leaders will also agree to have their families or arrange for volunteers participate in being Still Exhibit Barn Ambassadors Barn Security during their appointed barn hours.
Club Leaders will agree to receive and distribute entry tags etc. Furthermore club leaders will be expected to set-up, decorate and staff its assigned Still Exhibit Project Display Area. During Still Exhibit Judging the club will arrange for a volunteer to accept items being brought to the area for display. Club and Chapter Leaders will have an opportunity to learn more about this at a pre-fair club workshop for leaders in April with a goal to distribute printed fair books at this time.
The fair cannot run without this incredible support. This year the fair awarded the personal award to the Cary Family.
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The Cary's have been involved at this fair since its inception in Four generations of the Cary family have given incredible amounts time, talent and resources to mold this fair into what the fair is today. The current generation of the Cary family continue in the large footsteps left by "grandpa" Charlie Cary. Matt Campbell who owns and operates MJC Electric donated his time to help and resources to accomplish a large electrical project at the fairgrounds. GCFFY closed its post office box in fall of Please update your files including your financial software so your mail will get to the fairgrounds without delay.
The address will now be: S. Lincoln Ave. As part of this campaign, the fair has already secured funding and has purchased new livestock pens and a scale. Additionally the building will be constructed tall enough to support storage of large camping units over the winter. Various sizes and types of gifts are needed to complete the fundraising plan. There are numerous naming opportunities and all gifts will be permanently recognized. Click here for more information and to support this campaign. These accounts are used to provide you with current information about their respective programs.
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