LIMA — There’s something new at the Allen County Fair.
The Livestock Scramble is sort of like the greased pig contest but without the grease, and the pig may end up being ducks, chickens or other livestock.
“It’s common at a lot of county fairs throughout the state and the country. We actually went and looked at a couple of shows last year and saw a good crowd and something fun for the kids to participate in, so we decided we’re going to bring it to the Allen County Fair,” said Bob Fricke, Allen County Fair general manager.
Any child age 3-7 may be registered for this contest. For older age groups, Junior Fair exhibitors will be given first preference and the groups will be opened to the public as available, Fricke said.
Participants may register at the fair office or download a form from the fair’s website, allencofair.com, and email it as directed by 10 a.m. Aug. 23. Anyone may visit the grandstand to watch the event.
“The youth are going to be working with chickens and ducks as one age group and as you get older you’re going to be working with pigs, sheep, and then calves with the oldest group. The chickens and ducks are pretty much open to anyone that fits that age of three to seven. Then from eight on up, we’re trying to gear that toward Junior Fair registrations, so our Junior Fair kids will be participating in the older groups,” said Fricke.
“The object of the chicken and pigs is they’ll be in a fenced-in area. The animals will be in that area, and we’re going to run a couple of heats is the plan and they have to catch the animal. Then there will be a limestone circle where that animal will be brought into that circle. Whoever gets there first would be your first-place person for that group. We’ll do some cash prizes for the top five in each division,” said Fricke.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.