NEW LEXINGTON – Lydie Forgrave already has a calf picked out for next year’s Perry County Fair. With all the rides, entertainment, and events the fair has to offer, the Junior Fair Board and 4-H member says agriculture remains at its heart. “Most people have animals or help someone with their animals,” she said. Forgrave said people spend all year readying their livestock for competition, and each species is judged in at least a dozen classes each.
It’s an incredible amount of work to raise prize-winning livestock, said Forgrave and on the fairgrounds everyone works together to keep livestock happy and healthy.
Especially in this year’s searing heat, where temperatures rose into the 90s on muggy days, steer need continual air circulation and water. Forgrave, who entered pigs and steer this year, said the swine need to be wetted down at least three times a day and the rabbit cages actually have frozen two liter bottles in them to help keep the rabbits cool.
Forgrave, who graduated from high school this year, said after school was out for the summer she began spending six hours per day with her animals. “I know some people who spend eight hour per day,” she said. Forgrave said a prize-winning steer may need to walked up to 10 times per day. “They require constant care,” she said.
This year’s Perry County Fair runs from July 15 through 20.