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Youth Fair and Livestock Show prepares for opening

AC_Beyond2012EGAINESVILLE – It may not be a typical county fair with thrilling rides and a colorful midway, but the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show has plenty to offer, including fuzzy rabbits, cackling chickens and even a baked goods competition.

This year’s event will be at the Alachua County Fairgrounds for six days starting Thursday, March 1. FFA and 4-H youth ranging from 8 to 18 are allowed to participate.

During the fair, children show off their goats, rabbits, poultry, dogs, cattle and more. The fair isn’t just about animals. Guests can also watch a cupcake decorating contest, a muffin bake-off, a bicycle rodeo and an extreme makeover contest.

Organized by the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Association, the fair is the culmination of a hands-on project for livestock production. It teaches valuable lessons about agriculture and life, such as responsibility and leadership.

“Working with livestock and other agriculture events through the Youth Fair prepares future citizens of Alachua County to be knowledgeable about agriculture production and land use,” said Cindy Sanders, Alachua County Cooperative Extension Director, in a press release issued by Alachua County.  “This benefits Alachua County by providing citizens who are familiar with this important segment of the county’s economy.”

For community members wishing to support the local FFA and 4-H children, there will be a market sale on Tuesday, March 6. According to the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show, the animals sell for $2 a pound. When purchasing an animal, buyers have two options. They can choose to keep the animal’s meat for themselves, or they can resell the animal.

Youth save money made through the sale of their livestock for future education after high school or to work toward a career.