Livestock shows are important part of upcoming County Fair
By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
Despite the growth in Williamson County, the remaining open space is quite suitable for raising livestock – primarily cattle, which is a $10 billion business in this county, said University of Tennessee extension director, DeWayne Perry, and the Williamson County Fair is becoming renowned for its high-quality livestock shows.
“If you go back 10 to 15 years ago, Williamson County was one of the top beef cattle producers in the state,” Perry said. “With 17,000 to 19,000 cows, we still rank in the top 15 counties.”
The fair, which runs Aug. 2-10 at the Ag Expo Center will host several big cattle shows, including the Polled Hereford show, once held during the State Fair, and new this year, the Horned Hereford Regional Point show.
Livestock shows are a big part of the Williamson County Fair. Morgan Lehnert with her heifer, L.J.
“We anticipate that being a big show,” Perry said. “We’ve had calls from Florida about cattle they want to bring to the show. We’ll have more than 200 head of cattle here [the first] Friday night [of the fair] for the Saturday morning shows.”
The Saturday afternoon Open/Junior Beef show will present breeds such as Charlais, Limousin, Short Horn and Simmental.
The Longhorn show, made popular by the Rodeo, will be held Monday night.
Several years ago there were 75 Grade A dairy farms in Williamson County today there are five. The dairy industry is turning to larger operations primarily in the Midwest and the West because they don’t have to deal with groundwater issues, Perry said.
“But that doesn’t mean we won’t have a really good Dairy Show,” he added.
“There’s something about the dairy thing – it’s about as wholesome as it gets.”
Settling his cow before the show. Photos by Carole Robinson
The Middle Tennessee Regional 4-H Dairy show, held at the State Fair until four years ago and the Junior Dairy Show will be Wednesday evening with the Open Dairy show Thursday evening.
Goats, popular with people who want to raise small livestock, will also make appearances at the Fair in the Open Dairy Goat show and Junior Market Goat show.
Sheep competitions include Junior Market Lamb, Commercial Ewe and Open Sheep shows.
For those who enjoy feathered livestock, the Open Poultry show is the first Saturday of the Fair and the Junior Poultry Show is Tuesday.
While horses will only be found in the Children’s Barnyard, other equine like the miniature donkey, Jack and Jennet and Mule shows and the popular Mule Pull will make appearances in the show ring.
“We also hope to have another sow and baby piglets in the Children’s Barnyard,” Perry said.
The Williamson County Fair will be held Aug. 2-10 at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center. For more information, visit www.williamsoncountyfair.org. Tickets are still $6 or get advance tickets for $5 at any Tractor Supply Co. location in Williamson County or Daily’s Convenience Stores within the county, or look for daily specials. Tickets will be available beginning July 8 through the end of the Fair. Parking is free and tickets include admission to all the shows, including the popular “Elvis” show.
Posted on: 7/15/2013