Cows come to last day of fair dressed well

Allie Boyd, 6, of Leetonia, leads her cow, Denali, into the arena Sunday for the Dress a Cow contest at the Trumbull County fairgrounds. The two were dressed for the beach for the event. Local children and adults could dress their cows for the competition. Another cow was dressed as a Tootsie Roll.

BAZETTA — Six-year-old Allie Boyd of Leetonia led her small calf ”Denali” into the ring to show their brightly colored costumes.

The two looked ready for the beach as they took part in the ”Dress a Cow” event Sunday, the final day for the Trumbull County Fair.

Denali’s sunglasses fell off a few times, but he was in good spirit.

”Certain cows don’t like all the stuff on them. Some other cows don’t really care and go with the flow. When it starts to itch is when they mind,” said Melissa Boyd who helped her daughter Allie bring the cow into the arena.

Also taking part in the contest was Julie Holler of Sharpsville, Pa., who decorated her brown Swiss cow as a Tootsie Roll.

Debbie Owen, who organized the Dress a Cow and the Pee Wee Dairy Showmanship events, said the younger children are given the opportunity to show their animals.

”It gives them the experience to show a calf and have fun,” she said.

Sunday’s events included the demolition derby, band concerts and fireworks which fair organizers said is always a draw for increased attendance.

Michele Smith, fair board director / secretary, said Saturday’s attendance was 11,335 people and that amount or more was expected Sunday.

”Saturday was fantastic. We only had one day where the weather played havoc with rain but it dried off pretty quick. All the other days have been great. The attendance is about what we had last year. The demolition derby always brings a lot of people in and the weather has been great today,” Smith said.

She said because of cooperative weather, shuttles were not needed for the parking lots to bring people to the entrances.

Smith said the truck and tractor pull was a big draw on Saturday as was the rodeo on Friday and vehicle racing Wednesday and Thursday.

”Everything has gone well. The shows have gone well and brought the people here,” she said.

Area historical societies held displays in the old church building which was a draw this year as a new exhibit, Smith said.

”They have been so happy getting so many people to go through there,” she said.

Smith said a lion and tiger show has been well attended.

Also Sunday, was the annual dairy cheese auction where local 4-H junior fair dairy cow exhibitors held their auction of baskets in lieu of auction of livestock that other 4-H groups take part in .

Gary Smallsreed of Braceville said the 4-H groups, such as Cows R US and Very Good Kow Growers, create theme baskets to raise money. ”It’s a good ol’ style auction,” he said.

Estelle Liming of Lordstown said as the dairy milk makes the cheese they use that angle for fundraiser for the club with the baskets.

”The dairy cows come home with the kids. The other clubs sell their animals. The money raised from the group club baskets help with club use. For the individuals, that will be their money. A lot of kids use it for college,” she said.

Smallsreed said the basket auction,which is marking 24 years, is a way for the teens to earn some money that they don’t earn like other groups who auction off their pigs and cows.

”The businesses are good at supporting 4-H. They have big hearts,” Liming said.

Mary Smallsreed of Braceville said many youth have been able to start college funds with money raised from the auction.

”They get to take their animals home while still making a little money,” she said.