By: Valeriy Khimyuk
The Tulare County Fair was in full swing this past September bringing families from all over the county. A variety of people visit the fair each year with the intentions to enjoy the many attractions it has to offer. However, If these same individuals had visited the fair in the early 1900’s the experience would have been quite different.
Tulare’s first fair was actually a citrus fair which was held in the historic pavilion located in what now is Zumwalt Park. The Tulare County Fair was founded in 1915 and was held in the historic pavilion located in what now is Zumwalt Park. The first Livestock Fair was held in 1919. Today, Tulare County and Fairgrounds offer so much more for the community and its residents. Since its inception, Agriculture, Livestock Shows, Community Weddings, Festivals, and Quinceaneras have been a tradition and fiber of the County. The Tulare County Fair provides an educational and entertainment experience for all those who attend to create a lifetime of memories.
This years prize winners include:
Supreme Champion Meat Pen of Chickens – Crystal Sandoval
Reserve Supreme Champion Meat Pen of Chickens – Edith Guijon
Supreme Champion Beef Replacement Heifer – Sayge Davis
Reserve Supreme Champion Beef Replacement Heifer – Kyle Davis
3rd Place Advanced Rabbit Showmanship – Pia Martinez
4th Place Novice Rabbit Showmanship – Kiara Benavides
5th Place Novice Rabbit Showmanship – Kenya Pinon
4th Place Poultry Showmanship – Crystal Sandoval
5th Place Poultry Showmanship – Edith Guijon
10th Place Novice Lamb Showmanship – Reyes Aguilar
To get more information, I invite you to read the interview from Mr Ferreira and Mrs Moss.
What animals did students present?
Market Meat Pen of Rabbits
Market Meat Pen of Chickens
Did you have your own experience on showing animals? Tell us about this.
Mr. Ferreira started showing at the Tulare County Fair in the Fall 1997. He exhibited a Market Lamb for the first time in 4th grade as a Tulare 4H member. His excitement for showing livestock continued to grow as he and his family built a rabbit barn at his house and started to raise show breeding and market rabbits for the Tulare County Fair. When he entered into High School, he started to expand his Supervised Agricultural Experiences’s and exhibited Market Sheep, Market Swine, and Market Rabbits at the Tulare County Fair through the Tulare Union FFA program. He showed these livestock animals at the Tulare County Fair all the way until his 2nd year at Fresno State in 2007 where he hung his hat with his final market animals and focused his college career of becoming a High School Agriculture Teacher. His experiences raising and exhibiting livestock for the Tulare County Fair has helped him advise and coach numerous students in the show ring during fair time. Showing livestock is a passion that has helped him understand the value of hard work, the importance of learning about where your food comes from, and the ability to care for and manage multiple responsibilities in life.
Why do you think, why taking part in FAIR is important?
Students that are involved with exhibiting livestock with Woodlake FFA at the Tulare County Fair gain many valuable lessons in life that will carry over to being productive and successful in college and in their jobs. All students enrolled in Agriculture Courses at Woodlake High School are given the opportunity to show livestock at the Tulare County Fair if they meet the requirements set forth by the chapter. One of the most valuable aspects of showing livestock is understanding the high level of responsibility and commitment that goes into taking care of a living creature that will eventually become food for our nation. Additionally, students that exhibit livestock begin to understand the value of money and how it directly impacts the vitality of the agriculture industry. These projects cost money. Students understand the fundamentals of budgeting, spending, and earning money from their hard work. At the completion of the project, students earn a profit from the sale of their livestock animals. Students have been known to earn anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand dollars from the sale of their livestock projects during the fair auction. This money can be used to fund future endeavors in agriculture education and the FFA or personal endeavors that they are passionate about. Alongside earning money to kick start a successful financial future, students learn how to communicate with community and businesses to help fund their projects and obtain lessons in how to properly care for and manage a healthy livestock project. We all eat food. The food has to come from somewhere. These students learn where their food comes from and the process that it takes to get it. They appreciate the most important and vital industry known to mankind. Without Agriculture we would have no food. Students who exhibit livestock at the county fair learn to appreciate the most important aspect of their life, where their food comes from. Any agriculture program student who is interested in exhibiting livestock at the Tulare County Fair in 2017 needs to attend the mandatory fair interest meeting held in the Spring of 2017. At this meeting students will gain the necessary information to begin raising their livestock animals for next years fair. Market Lambs, Market Swine, Market Goats, Market Poultry, and Market Rabbits are available to be shown by Woodlake FFA members. Please feel free to contact Mr. Ferreira if you have any questions about showing livestock and making money at the 2017 Tulare County Fair.
How was FAIR this year?
Fair was pretty successful this year. Many of our students placed well, and I can get you a list of placings, if you would like.
Did you and participants of Woodlake FFA had fun?
Exhibitors really enjoy their exhausting times at fair, because they are able to see all of their hard work pay off in the end.
How many kids sold their animals?
All of our exhibitors sold their animals, with many making a decent profit. We had 3 sheep sell, 4 hogs sell, 2 chicken meat pens sell, and 3 head of cattle sell.
Why do you think taking part in FAIR is important?
I think exhibitors taking part of fair is an integral part of their SAE projects and part of growing up as a young person.
Until we meet again Tulare County Fair; so long, and see you soon. If you are interested in showing an animal at the next fair, contact Mr. Ferreira or Ms Moss for further information.