MINOT, N.D. – This year’s North Dakota State Fair will once again feature some of the state’s best livestock. The fair’s livestock schedule has events starting on July 17 and running through July 27.
As in years past, the livestock schedule at the North Dakota State Fair not only includes cattle and swine, but also rabbits, poultry, draft horses, ponies and goats.
Along with an array of shows and exhibits, the livestock portion of the fair includes a large number of events, including the ranch rodeo, barrel racing, a horse pulling event and bull riding.
“We have multiple horse events, two nights of bull riding and two nights of ranch rodeo this year,” said Renae Korslien, the N.D. State Fair manager. “There’s a lot to come out and see.”
Following is the 2014 livestock schedule for the N.D. State Fair:
Thursday, July 17 – Livestock events in the All Seasons Arena (ASA) are kicked off with a Pre-Quarter Horse Show and the fair’s livestock barns open at 3 p.m.
Friday, July 18 – The Quarter Horse Show will start the day at 8 a.m. in the ASA and will then be followed by an open class exhibit of sheep and beef at 12 p.m.
Saturday, July 19 – A Quarter Horse Show kicks off the weekend of Livestock events in the morning before the ARBA Rabbit Show begins at 9 a.m. A pony pull will take place in Arena II at 3 p.m., followed by a Draft Horse Show, also in Arena II.
Sunday, July 20 – The sheep and cattle shows kick off on Sunday along with a rabbit show in the morning and a trio of poultry shows throughout the day. Scheduled cattle breeds to be shown include: Gelbvieh, Shorthorn, Hereford, Red Angus, Main-Anjou, and Loala. Scheduled sheep breeds to be shown include: Corriedale, Columbia, Southdown, Dorset, Texel, Montdale, natural color sheep and all other breeds that are designed for meat and wool production.
An open Western/English Show will be held in Arena II at 10 a.m. and the Decortator’s Class and Ladies Leadline competition starts at noon.
Monday, July 21 – Monday kicks off with the 4-H and FFA Horse Show in Arena II at 8 a.m. along with the sheep exhibits in the Expo Barn. Rambouillet, Hampshire and Suffolk breeds scheduled to be displayed on Monday.
Also in the Expo Barn will be the Supreme Champion Ewe and Ram selection at 3 p.m.
The open cattle shows will also continue on Monday with Other Beef Breeds, Sim-Influence, Limousin, Simmental and Angus shows on the schedule. A Market Steer Show is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the in the ASA with bull riding at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22 – The 4-H and FFA Horse Show kick off the day at 8 a.m. in Arena II and ASA. At 9 a.m. begins the junior cattle shows, which include Limousin, Angus, Red Angus and Simmental. All junior cattle shows will be held in the Expo Barn.
The N.D. Junior Hereford Field Day starts at 3:30 p.m. and for evening entertainment, a team fitting contests starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Expo Barn and bull riding is at 7 p.m. in the ASA.
Wednesday, July 23 – The final 4-H and FFA Horse Show will be held in Arena II at 8 a.m., the same starting time as the 4-H Swine Show and the Junior Steer & Heifer Show.
The 4-H Rabbit Show and FFA Rabbit Show will be held in the Rabbit Barn at 9 and 11:30 a.m. Kids Showdeo will be held in Arena II at 1:30 p.m. and the first night of Ranch Rodeo kicks off at 7 p.m. in the ASA.
Thursday, July 24 – The start of the day is filled with options as the FFA Swine Show, the 4-H Beef Show, an Open Class Dairy Show, along with the Morgan, Miniature, Paints and Apps horse shows all beginning at 8 a.m.
The afternoon features the FFA Sheep Show at 1 p.m., an Open Class Dairy Goat Show at 3 p.m. and a N.D. Junior Sheep Show at 5 p.m. before the second and final night of ranch rodeo and 7 p.m.
Friday, July 25 – Morning shows include the Open Class Swine Show, the FFA Beef Show and the 4-H Dairy Show, which all start at 8 a.m.
The FFA Dairy Show will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the FFA dairy goat show starts at 1 p.m. with the meat goat show to follow. The Top of Dakota Lamb and Pig show will begin at 4 p.m. in the Expo Barn and the Barrel Bash starts at 6 p.m. in Arena II for all barrel racing fans at the fair.
Saturday, July 26 – The fair’s final day will feature an FFA round robin at 8 a.m., followed by FFA awards at 8:30 a.m. Another Barrel Bash will begin at 9 a.m. and the N.D. State Dairy Show kicks off at 10 a.m. in the expo barn.
Sunday, July 27 – Despite the fair concluding the day prior, a cattle cutting competition will continue on Sunday at 8 a.m. in the ASA.
For a look at the entire Livestock schedule for the 2014 North Dakota State Fair, please visit www.ndstatefair.com.