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County Fair Celebrates 101 Years

Even before Oklahoma became a state agriculture fairs have been an annual fall tradition and the Murray County Fair is no exception. This year marks the 101st county free fair and efforts are underway to continue the tradition on Sept. 6-9 at the Murray County Expo.
Every citizen, regardless of age, in Murray County is invited and encouraged to enter this year’s fair. From photography to baking and from arts and crafts to eggs there is a division for everyone to enter.
On Wednesday Sept. 6 from 1 to 7 p.m. will be the time set aside to take entries for all indoor exhibits. The fair board selected these hours in an effort to make it convenient for those who work the traditional 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. shifts and for school students to be able to bring entries.
Judging of these items will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 and the entries ready for public display at noon on that day.
The busy Thursday, Sept. 7 features poultry and rabbits checked in from 8 – 11 a.m. and the shotgun and archery contest are held that morning beginning at 10 a.m. on the expo grounds. That evening is packed with activity as the T.J. Todd music performance is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the corn hole and women’s skillet throwing contest kick off at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be set up on the grounds to offer attendees options and of course the traditional 4-H Concession Kitchen will be open with their traditional burgers and fair foods.
The Friday, Sept. 8, schedule begins at 9 a.m. with the judging of swine followed with goats, sheep and dairy goats and continuing with dairy heifers and beef.
Friday is also set aside as school day and students are encouraged to visit the fair. Special educational workshops will be presented to all Murray County fourth grade students.
Saturday morning, Sept. 9 will find the horse show kicking off at 9 a.m. in the Sulphur Round Up arena and at 10 a.m. the Second Annual Lego contest will be held. Last year over 60 young people of all ages participated in the contest.
Exhibits will be released at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
Volunteers are always needed so call the OSU Extension office, (580) 622-3016 if you would like to get involved.
When was the last time you attended the Murray County Fair? This year’s event has open doors so come on out and celebrate some of the best Murray County has to offer.

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