Sheap shearing returns to the fair

Sheep from DS Farm in Davison Township trying to keep cool on a hot summer’s day

Sheep from DS Farm in Davison Township trying to keep cool on a hot summer’s day

GENESEE COUNTY — The sheepshearing contest will again be a highlight of the Genesee County Fair, according to organizer Deb Caryl.

Started three years ago, Caryl said the sheep-shearing competition, which draws contestants from all over the country, will be back on Aug. 16 at 4 p.m.Caryl

Caryl, co-owner of the D&S Farm, 1110 S. Cummings Rd., Davison Township, said the sheep-shearing contest she started three years ago will be back again for the 2012 Genesee County Fair.

She said competitors from previous contests have been calling her to see if the event is returning again in 2012.

“I can’t believe these guys are calling me,” she said. “They want to see if it’s happening again this year.”

Caryl said the event will return on Aug. 16, part of the Aug. 13-19. Genesee County Fair. She said the event, which takes about $3,700 to put on, is in need of donors to help sustain the cost.

“There has been an increase in some costs,” said Caryl, who used to organize sheep-shearing competitions for the Michigan State Fair before it was disbanded. “The guys shearing are some of the best sportsmen you can ever look at.”

Caryl said the fair will offer many other attractions this year.

A Monster Truck Show will take centerstage Aug. 13 followed by a Figure Eight Derby on Aug. 14. There will be a Combine Derby on Aug. 15. Country music stars Justin Moore will perform Aug. 16 and Montgomery Gentry on Aug. 17. There will be a Rodeo Aug. q8 and an Enduro Demolition Derby Aug. 19.

New this year will be Elephant Encounter, the Redneck Olympics the Baby Animal Exhibit, Pure Pro Wrestling, the midway and many more exhibits and demonstrations.

Caryl said the Elephant Encounter will be an educational program. She also said the White Tigers exhibition would be a first for the fair.

The 4-H Fair Animal Auction is another facet of the Genesee County Fair Caryl said she thought needed more promotion.

“I think this is a well-kept secret,” said Caryl. “I think we should promote our auction. People are concerned about what’ in their meat products. If you buy from the 4-H kids it’s the best of the best.”

More details about the Genesee County Fair will follow in the weeks ahead. For more information see the fair website at

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