Colonial days features ag

By Lloydminster Source staff

June 23, 2016 12:00 AM

The agricultural component of Colonial Days has plenty to see and do and involves farmyard animals of all types. Above: Blueberry the cow seems excited about the fair.

You just can’t have the Colonial Days Fair without a heavy dose of agriculture and 2016, as always, will have plenty of great farm oriented activities to check out.
Country Lane for instance, is a daily feature presented by the Lloydminster and District Co-op where folks can get a look at different farming activities from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Dick Jones Sales Pavilion
“That’s our ag awareness area, that’s probably the best way to describe it, we have activities that are farm related and educational for the kids,” said Tess Wack, marketing specialist with the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association.
“There’s a petting zoo, which everybody loves; we have milking cows, we have chick hatching, seed planting and some other activities for the kids, so it’s lots of fun—we feel it’s a great area to connect agriculture to our urban kids.”
There’ll also be a selection of horse and livestock shows throughout the week starting Wednesday with the Heifer Classic show and $12,000 Classic Steer Stake.
The Classic Heifer Show will have participants show off their cows, walk around the ring, and get judged for the top animals, with up to $1,5000 awarded to the winners.
The show takes place at 1 p.m. in the Saskatchewan Building.
The $12,000 Steer Stake is similar to the Classic Heifer, but involving steers and a lot more money at stake, taking place at 3 p.m. in the Saskatchewan Building.
The Thursday lineup has the Junior All Breed Beef Show at 2 p.m. in the Saskatchewan Building, which is the same as the heifer and steer shows but for the younger generation, and Wack insists this element raises the cuteness factor a few notches.
There’ll also be a Light Horse Show that day at 8:30 a.m. in the North Horse Ring, which has classes in dressage, trail, halter and western dressage.
“It’s just a variety of different horse showings, so a light horse is something that typically has a saddle as opposed to a heavy horse, which is much bigger,” said Wack
“The light horses are smaller, then the draft horses are the bigger, heavier breeds.”
Then there’ll be a Draft Horse Halter Show at 10 a.m. in the Saskatchewan Building, featuring grade mare, grade and registered geldings, supreme champions and junior showmanship.
On Friday ag enthusiasts can check out the Sheep Show, which has a costume class mostly for kids, though adults are allowed to participate if they’d like.
“The kids will dress up their sheep and themselves and parade around and get judged,” said Wack.
“We get costumes from Elsa (Disney’s Frozen) and bumblebees to rodeo clowns; the kids have lots of fun with it.”
The Sheep Show takes place in the Saskatchewan Building at 1 p.m.
Also on Friday are the team sorting and team roping events at 10 a.m. in the South Ring.
Team sorting sees participants sort numbered steers, trying to put them in their pens in the proper order, showing skills not only of the riders, but of the horses themselves.
Team roping puts headers and footers toe-to-toe to see who can rope a calve’s head or feet the fastest respectively.
Again, this only a sample of the fun to be had at the Colonial Days Fair, for a more comprehensive list checkout the exhibition website at lloydexh.com.
Colonial Days begins July 13.

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