Can You Feel Fall and the Fair in the Air?

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With the beginning of September, many people are anxiously awaiting fall weather, but for many 4-H’ers fall means something different. It means county fair time. With the many county fairs that happen during the fall, many of our livestock club 4-H’ers follow the fair circuit to show their livestock.

What is livestock showing?

There are two main types of livestock shows: market and showmanship. A market livestock show is where the livestock is judged based on their appearance and how well they hold up to breed standards. Showmanship is based on how well the showman is able to present it’s animal to the judge. If this sounds interesting to you, come out to the Caldwell County Agriculture Fair on Friday September 29th and Saturday September 30th to watch Caldwell County youth compete in livestock shows. There will be sheep, goats, and beef cattle shows. We hope to see you there!

small child showing a sheep to the judges

Harrison Ford, a Caldwell County 4-H Livestock Club member stares down the judge in a sheep livestock show.

Other 4-H’ers and the Fair

If animals are not your thing we also have many other opportunities for youth in the county to get involved at the fair.There are many different categories ranging from crafts and canning, to eggs and legos. You also do not have to be a 4-H’er to enter, we welcome adult entries as well. If you or your child would like to enter anything in to the fair to be judged please use this website.

You can also check out the exhibit hall where all the different entires will be on display. Our Caldwell County 4-H clubs will have also created booths to show what their club is doing. Make sure to check out the booths and see if any of the clubs interest you!

Additionally many of our 4-H’ers will be running the concession stand during the fair. So make sure to stop by and ask them what 4-H Club they are in! We hope to you at the Caldwell County Agricultural Fair, September 27th-30th!

To learn more about how youth can participate in 4-H or what is currently offered locally, contact Caldwell County 4-H Agent Gabby Whorley at Families can also view local 4-H information online at

Caldwell County 4-H is a proud member agency of United Way.

Gabby Whorley is the 4-H Youth Development Agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center. The Caldwell County Cooperative Extension Center, 120 Hospital Ave. NE #1 in Lenoir, provides access to resources of N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University through educational programs and publications.