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Teresa Pitrucha shows “Copper,” a Southdown sheep, at the showbarn in Copperas Cove in preparation for the livestock show in Gatesville.

GATESVILLE — About 350 youngsters from Coryell County 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of America programs will compete in Youth Fair 2014 beginning Saturday with dairy goat and horse events at the Gatesville Civic Center barn.

Check-in and judging for all other livestock events, as well as home economics competition, will be Wednesday through Friday. The fair will conclude Jan. 11 with an auction sale.

This year’s fair participants combine for more than 800 livestock entries and almost 2,000 home economics entries, which is “down a little” from last year’s entries, said Keith Smart, president of the Coryell County Youth Fair Board.

Board members and volunteers work with Coryell County AgriLife Extension Agents Pasquale Swaner and Julie Gardner and extension service office manager Bridgette Alvarado to make Youth Fair happen, Smart said.

“We also enjoy a lot of support from the schools, the parents and the community,” he said.

About 50 young people geared up for the show by taking part in a fair workshop Dec. 18. Fair preparation continues today with a clipping clinic to provide pointers on how to groom animals for the show ring.

Horse check-in is from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday. Judging starts at 9:30 a.m.

Dairy goat check-in is 2:30 p.m. Saturday with judging at 4 p.m.

Home economics check-in is from 7 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Judging is from noon to 5 p.m. and entries will be open to the public at 5:30 p.m.

All livestock entries can be unloaded into the pavilion Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m.

For information about the Coryell County Youth Fair, call Alvarado, Swaner or Gardner at 254-865-2414 or go to

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