Grant County Fair opens Tuesday

4-H and FFA competition, Moses Lake Roundup among highlights

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FFA competitors herd their pigs around the ring during competition at the 2015 Grant County Fair. The 2016 fair starts Tuesday.

MOSES LAKE — Fair exhibits, rodeo, demolition derby, carnival rides, fair demonstrations, fair food – it’s fair time. The Grant County Fair begins Tuesday and runs through Saturday at the fairgrounds in Moses Lake.

Tuesday is free admission day, with the gates opening to the public at 10 a.m. Gates open at 10 am. daily.

But the joint starts jumping even before the gates open, with livestock judging for 4-H, FFA and open class competitors beginning at 8:30 a.m. Market classes for sheep and small animal competitors lead off; many of those classes are scheduled for Tuesday.

Dog exhibitors meet at 11 a.m., with dogs entered and the mandatory vet check at 11:30 a.m. Open class goat competition begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and horse competition starts at 2:30 p.m.

Entertainment is scheduled throughout the week, including a strolling robot, a lumberjack demonstration, magicians and musicians. Moses Lake’s Dance FX company will perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Davis Shows carnival opens at noon and is open until midnight Tuesday through Thursday. All buildings and barns close to the public at 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Wednesday is Senior Day; senior citizens pay $4 admission.

Horsemanship competition begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Market class competition for open show, 4-H and FFA swine, beef and sheep exhibitors begins at 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day. Dog competition begins at 10 a.m.

Demonstrations competition for 4-H participants begins at 1 p.m.

Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for the annual Moses Lake Demolition Derby. Time trials are at 6:30 p.m. with heats at 7;30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance or at the gate.

Open class, 4-H and FFA fitting and showing begins at 8 a.m. Thursday for all livestock classes. Horsemanship competition for all classes begin at 10 a.m. and continues throughout the day. Dog competition begins at 10 a.m. and continues all day.

The Moses Lake Roundup kicks off three days of action at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. It’s “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night, where participants wear pink shirts to raise awareness for breast cancer. Tickets are available in advance or at the gate. The rodeo continues at the same time Friday and Saturday.

Friday begins with the annual stock sale. Dairy heifers go first, at 9:30 a.m., followed by beef, swine and sheep.

The 4-H meal preparation contest is at 10 a.m. Events start winding down Friday, but all buildings and exhibits are open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The carnival stays open until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Livestock judging for FFA and 4-H competitors is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The FFA tractor driving contest is at 9 a.m. Fashion revue judging and the fashion revue are part of the 4-H activities beginning at 9 a.m. Round robin fitting and showing is at 11 a.m.

A volunteer makes an ice cream cone in the Block 40 booth at the 2015 Grant County Fair.

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