Platte County Fair

The Platte County Fair will be held for the 157th year this month. The fair will be dubbed ‘Returning to Our Roots’ and will be a three-day event featuring 4-H exhibits and livestock shows.

The Platte County Fair will be held for the 157th year this month. The fair will be dubbed ‘Returning to Our Roots’ and will be a three-day event featuring 4-H exhibits and livestock shows.

The Platte County Fair will be held for the 157th year this month. The fair will be dubbed “Returning to Our Roots” and will be a three-day event featuring 4-H exhibits, horse and livestock shows. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fair will be greatly modified this year and will not include grandstand events or a carnival. There will also not be a concession stand. The event is considered the oldest continuous operating fair west of the Mississippi River. The first Platte County Fair was held for three days in October of 1863, and most likely consisted of a large community picnic, livestock and horse showings. The Platte County Fair Association, in conjunction with the Platte County 4-H Clubs and the Platte County Livestock Booster Club, will present the 4-H livestock shows.

The Platte County Fair will be held for the 157th year this month.

The fair will be dubbed “Returning to Our Roots” and will be a three-day event featuring 4-H exhibits, horse and livestock shows.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fair will be greatly modified this year and will not include grandstand events or a carnival. There will also not be a concession stand.

The event is considered the oldest continuous operating fair west of the Mississippi River. The first Platte County Fair was held for three days in October of 1863, and most likely consisted of a large community picnic, livestock and horse showings.

The Platte County Fair Association, in conjunction with the Platte County 4-H Clubs and the Platte County Livestock Booster Club, will present the 4-H livestock shows.

Ruth Nelson, president of the booster club, said the three-day event is open to the public with no gate admission fee to the fairgrounds.

“We invite the public to come and support these young people as we return to our roots,” Nelson said.

The Mack Myers 4-H building will also be open to display projects by Platte County 4-H members. Face masks will be required inside the building.

The event will open on Friday, July 24, with a sheep and goat show that will be held at the Livestock Pavilion. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and a sheep show begins at 10 a.m. followed by the goat show.

On Saturday, July 25th, the poultry show will be held on the lawn east of the Platte Purchase Building. Check-in will be at 8 a.m with the show starting at 9 a.m. on the lawn.

A rooster crowing contest will be hosted by Yellow Boot Saddlery which was the home of the late “Chick Norris” that was named the 2017 Missouri State Fair Rooster Crowing Champion. The event will be held on Saturday on the lawn east of the Platte Purchase Building after the poultry show. This contest is open to all ages, free to enter and the winner receives a trophy.

In addition, the swine show will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Livestock Pavilion.

A horse show will take place at 9 a.m. in the Shackelford Arena on Saturday, July 25th.

On Sunday, July 26th, a cattle show will be held at 10 a.m. at the Livestock Pavilion.

Youth participants must be ages 21 years old or younger from any state in order to register for the livestock shows. The participant fee is waived if received by July 15 and registration will be $20 the day of the show.

There will be awards and cash prizes for grand winners, reserves and individual class payouts.

For more information on the Junior Platte County Livestock Show, visit their Facebook page or the Platte County MU Extension Service. Nelson can be contacted by phone at 918-441-0600.