Waterford Community Fair kicking off today

Photo by Erin O’Neill Cooper Townsend, 9, leads his market hogs, Flip and Flop, on a walk around his yard in Waterford. This will be the first year that Townsend is showing and selling an animal at the Waterford Fair, which opens today.

WATERFORD — The Waterford Community Fair kicks off today, with gates opening at 4 p.m., and runs through Sunday.

First thing this morning, young first-time exhibitor Cooper Townsend, 9, of Waterford, will take his pig to the fair. It’s been something new for the entire family, according to Cooper’s mom, Jesse.

“It’s been a learning experience for all of us. He needs a little pushing sometimes but he’s taken on the responsibility,” she said.

Flip, a Yorkshire hog, and Flop, a Hampshire hog, both weigh in at 273 pounds. Flop will be sold at the fair and Flip is the spare.

“I named them that because this one’s ears are floppy and this one’s aren’t,” Cooper explained.

Cooper is the oldest of the Townsend children; the others are in Cloverbuds 4-H. Jesse said that the family has always had animals and they raise their own beef. Knowing that the animals they raise can become food has made Cooper aware of the separation that is to come.

“I think he’ll be sad but we’ve talked to him about it,” Jesse said.

The market hog show and pee wee hog show will be Friday morning. The hog sale will happen Saturday afternoon.

Gwen Lang, 11, a Waterford Elementary student, will be taking her animals to the fair for the third year. She also has two hogs — Mike, who’s going to the fair and weighs 260 pounds, and Sully, the spare, who tips the scales at over 300 pounds. Lang and Townsend are both also taking goats to the Washington County Fair in September.

“It’s an equal mix of fun and hard work,” Lang said.

Twice a day she walks the hogs and feeds them a supplement called “championship drive.”

Lang and Townsend both have plans for any money they get from the sale of their hogs. Townsend will put money into savings to buy feed and prepare for next year; Lang plans to put the money back for college.

The annual parade will line up at Fort Frye High School at 5:30 p.m. Friday and will kick off at 6 p.m. The parade marshal this year is Earl Schaad, a longtime fixture in the Waterford Community and founder of Schaad Dairy Farm. He and his late wife, Dorothy, had 13 children; their grandchildren and great grandchildren total 76.

“I feel honored to even be asked to do this. It’s not about who I am. It’s my family, my community, and my church affiliations; that makes me who I am,” said the World War II veteran.

For more information on the Waterford Community Fair and to download a copy of the fair booklet, visit waterfordfair.com.

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Waterford Fair Schedule

Today

* 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Hog weigh-ins

* 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Hog pictures

* 10 a.m. to noon: Receiving fancywork and canned goods

* 2 p.m.: All horticulture in place except cut flowers

* 4 p.m.: Gates open, presentation of colors by Boy Scout Troop 222

* 6 p.m.: Baby contest

– Tractor tug pull

– Rides free for all ages

– Garden tractor pull

* 7 p.m.: All livestock in place

* 8 p.m.: Washington County Royalty crowning

– Hog show clinic

Friday

* 8 a.m.: Presentation of Colors by Boy Scout Troop 222

– Market Hog Show

– Pee Wee Hog Show

* 9 a.m. to noon: Cut flowers in place

* Noon: Judging of fancywork

* 1 p.m.: Judging of fruits, vegetables, florals

* 5 p.m.: Rides open $15 armband

* 5:30 p.m.: Fair parade forms at Fort Frye High School

– Entertainment: Open mic

* 6 p.m.: Parade starts

* 7:30 p.m.: Kids’ motorcycle and ATV rodeo signups

* 8:30 p.m.: Kids’ motorcycle and ATV rodeo

Saturday

* 8 a.m.: Presentation of Colors by Boy Scout Troop 222

– Livestock and jackpot show

* 9 a.m.: Children’s games

– Bicycle rodeo

* 11:30 a.m.: Scales open

* Noon to 4 p.m.: Senior citizen day

* Noon to 4:30 p.m.: Matinee rides, $10 armband

* Rides will be closed from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

* Noon: Tractor speed pull

* 4:30 p.m.: Hog sale

* 5:30 pm.: Rides $15 armband

– Entertainment: Dark Pig

* 6:30 p.m.: Tractor pull signups

* 8 p.m.: Tractor speed pull

* 8:30 p.m.: Entertainment: Pickin on Country

Sunday

* 8 a.m.: Presentation of Colors by Boy Scout Troop 222

* 9 a.m.: Church services in the tent

* 9:30 a.m.: Fun horse show signups

* 10 a.m.: Fun horse show starts

* 1 p.m.: Pedal tractor pull

* 3:30 p.m.: Entertainment: Smith family singers

* 5 p.m.: Truck and tractor pull

* 5:30 p.m.: Rides $15 armband

For more information or to download a fair book, visit www.waterfordfair.com.

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