Fair animals must weigh in



— Youngsters planning to sell hogs, sheep and beef cattle at the Okanogan County Fair must have their animals tagged and weighed at least 70 days before the fair.

“We have set up dates and locations in each of four areas of the county for kids to take their animals to get weighed and tagged,” fair Livestock Coordinator Bill White said. “We are scheduling several dates that do not conflict with each other so kids can go to at least one.”

He asks that youngsters call in advance so the weigh-in crews can prepare.

White said organizers are concerned about getting the word out to junior open competitors, since they’re not involved in an organization such as FFA or 4-H to receive weigh-in information. They’re trying to notify last year’s competitors by phone.

The first weigh-in was May 19 in Twisp.

Remaining dates and locations are:

• June 22 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gebbers Farms feedlot, north of Monse or Crazy Rapids location; coordinators Todd Dezellem, 509-689-2684, or Lyle Blackburn, 509-923-2617.

• June 26 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ellis Barnes Ranch, 141 Loomis-Oroville Road; coordinators Jerry Barnes, 223-3240, or Matt Deebach, 509-486-2161.

• June 26 — 2 p.m. Okanogan Livestock Market, 123 Rodeo Trail Road; coordinator Lonnie Dixon, 509-5802 or 509-429-1645.

White said a neighbor or friend also can bring animals for tagging if a youngster can’t make any of the dates.



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