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Ramona Junior Fair offers competitions but also lots of fun farming activities

Children showing off their animals will be a featured part of the 2022 Ramona Junior Fair. But agricultural, industrial, educational and recreational activities will also be included in the event from Saturday July 23 to Monday August 1.

Animal shows, with small animals such as dogs, poultry and rabbits, and larger animals such as horses, sheep, goats and pigs, will showcase the hard work of 4- H, FFA and Grange, said Mary Martineau, junior fair administrator.

Grange and 4-H members ages 6 to 8 are in a primary category and can only show small animals, Martineau said. Older participants ages 9-18 and some 19-year-olds can show off the bigger animals.

However, participants who plan to auction their animals at the end of the fair can only show three market animals, while the number of breeding animals they can enter at shows is unlimited, she said. declared. At market shows, animals are mainly judged on their weight. First place winners in the Market Animal Shows return to compete for a Grand Champion or Reserve Champion title in a Grand Champion Drive contest at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

Showcase events will judge exhibitors on their presentation of animals and their own basic knowledge of the breeds and their care, Martineau said. Showmanship winners qualify for a Master Showmanship competition, one held for large animals at 9 a.m. and another for small animals at noon on Friday, July 29.

“We’re streaming all of our shows live this year, so if people can’t catch a show, they can watch from afar,” Martineau said, noting that a link will be available on “We bought some new camera gear this year to hopefully make it even better than last year. We’re excited to use it and see how it goes.

Money raised at livestock auctions is usually spent raising animals for next year’s fair or to help fund college education.

Last year’s auction, the 50th anniversary of the Ramona Junior Fair Livestock Auction, raised $250,570 for young exhibitors, and auction resales and additions brought the total to 285 $000.

The auction also broke a record. Four-year-old Ramona FFA member Karlie Dougherty, who got $35 a pound for her pig, Beth Dutton, named after one of the stars of the ‘Yellowstone’ TV show. Auctioneer Matt Gorham announced the bid was a record for the Junior Fair auction. The previous high bid was $30.

Three Ramona Junior Fair scholarship winners – Ramona’s Amanda Tinkess and Julian’s Rachel Rapue, each receiving $1,000 scholarships, and Ramona’s Robert Wilson who receives a $500 scholarship – will be honored at the fairgrounds at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday July 30 before the animal auction.

In addition to shows, FFA, 4-H, and Grange members can show off their talents and crafts in a home economics division. Exhibits of culinary arts, photography, sewing, ceramics, floral designs and paintings will be set up in a home economics building on the fairgrounds.

Connor Nelson, a student of Ramona Stars 4H and Ramona FFA, at the 2021 Ramona Junior Fair holding wild honey he raised at his Ramona property.

(Michael Baldauf)

A new Industrial Arts division is available this year for participants who wish to exhibit their welding or cabinetmaking projects, said Mr. Martineau.

“Industrial Arts has become more popular in vocational technical education classes at the secondary level, so we decided to make it its own category this year to open it up to a large number of these students,” he said. she stated. “A lot of 4-H clubs started doing that – having a woodworking group or a metalworking group.”

Projects deemed champions in the Home Economics and Industrial Arts divisions are eligible to participate in the auction, which begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

“It’s primarily to auction off animals, but we’re adding in home economics and industrial arts to help these people sell some of their projects as well,” Martineau said. “If they don’t qualify for the auction, they can leave a card so that if someone is interested in buying from an exhibitor, they can leave their name and phone number. Exhibitors can put a price on their exhibit so we can help sell it. »

Ramona Junior Fair Scholarship recipient Rachel Rapue is shown with her lamb, Butter, and their third place ribbon.

Ramona Junior Fair scholarship recipient Rachel Rapue is shown with her lamb, Butter, which won a third-place market ribbon at the San Diego County Fair.

(Karlee Klem)

A Ramona Junior Fair Steering Committee, made up of members ages 5 to 18, will organize activities and competitions for those exhibiting animals at the fair or exhibiting in home economics and industrial arts.

Morgan Nelson, 17, helps plan activities as the 4-H representative on the committee. Other planners include the committee’s FFA representative, Jasper Dilts, and councilor Michael Audibert.

This year’s activities will include a frozen t-shirt contest, in which t-shirts are frozen and competitors must take them out of the ice and put them on one of their team members. Another competition for showers and exhibitors is hay bucking, in which competitors unload hay from a truck and move it down a line, then put the hay back on the truck as they are timed.

Parents and children can participate in Parent and Pee Wee Showmanship, Nelson said. Parents show pigs, cattle, sheep and goats, and children under 9 show pigs, sheep and goats. Parents and children are placed as they would be in a youth acting class, and prizes are given out to first and second place winners.

Nelson said she likes to see the participation of different age groups.

Ramona Junior Show Steering Committee 4-H representative Morgan Nelson will be showing her Waylon steer at this year's show.

Ramona Junior Show Steering Committee 4-H representative Morgan Nelson will be showing her Waylon steer at this year’s show.

(Courtesy of Stacey Nelson)

The approximately 30 members of the committee ensure the cleanliness of the exhibition center and play the role of runners during the auction. As people bid on the animals and buy them, committee members present them with the paperwork and bring them back to the office, Nelson said.

“Personally, I love teaching the younger kids how to get ready for the fair and showing them how to get settled in at the fair,” said Nelson, who showed animals in the Ramona Stars 4-H for a dozen years and in the Ramona FFA for four years. “I love seeing how excited they get when they get to show.”

The week of shows, exhibits and activities culminates with an awards and closing ceremony at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 31. All participants who have won a competition throughout the week will receive their prize during the ceremony. Martineau said trophies have been handed out in the past, but fair organizers are now giving out handy prizes attendees can use, such as leashes and engraved dog bowls for dog show competitors.

“Awards can be belt buckles for our champions, and there are sweatshirts, garment bags, engraved mugs and picture frames,” Martineau said. “It’s fun to try to pick things that we can give them every year and come up with new things to give.”