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Suwannee River Fair Board holds annual meeting

The Suwannee River Fair Board held their annual meeting on Monday, August 20th.
Gilchrist County had two directors up for election, Adam Elliott and Taggert Siegel. Gilchrist nominated Adam Elliott, Natalie Hodge and Gary McKenzie. Adam Elliott was elected and Hodge and McKenzie tied. A second round of voting was held and Natalie Hodge took the seat.
Frank Dola and Scott Mills were up for election as directors from Levy County. Frank Dola, Vice President of the Board, and long time director stepped down. Levy County nominated Scott Mills and Bud Sharp. No vote was needed, Mills and Sharp are the directors.
Dixie County seats that were up for election were held by Todd Begue and Heather Rucker. Todd Begue had stepped down in July and Heather Rucker has moved to Levy County. Dalton Long and Tracey Groom replaced them.
Tracy Groom from Dixie held the At Large seat. So that seat was up for election. Heather Rucker and Gary McKenzie were nominated. Heather Rucker is the New At Large Director.
Loran Brookins, Suwannee River Fair Board President, spoke to the 4H leaders and FFA advisors about ways they can help the SRF to keep the participants informed and up to date on rules and deadlines.
Holly Houghton of the Dixie County Extention office went over rule changes.
Some of the changes for the 2019 SRF are the Dog Show will be held March 2, a week before the rest of the fair starts. The Rabbit Show will be held on one day only. On Friday March 8, rabbit entry will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the Rabbit Show will be 5:30 starting with the Clover Buds. Sunday March 10 the Goat Doe entry will be at 1:00 p.m. The Dairy/Meat Doe Goat Shows/Showmanship will be held at 2 p.m.
Another big change will happen in the Sale ring in 2019, only the champion animals will physically be taken into the ring for the sale. The other animals will stay in their pens during the sale and only the exhibitor of the animal will be in the sale ring for the actual bidding.
The Beef Show will have Grand, Reserve, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place awards in 2019.
Some other rule changes to the Steer and/or Heifer shows the rule that stated “This will include an unassisted walk around the indoor arena by the exhibitor” was deleted. Under the Beef Show general rules “Animals must be groomed by the exhibitor. No professional groomers allowed” was deleted. In 2019 cattle must be shown with leather show halters only.
There were quite a few other rule changes for the fair this coming year. Exhibitors should talk to the FFA advisor or 4H leader to see if any of the changes would affect their exhibits in the 2019 SRF.
The second phase of the SRF will begin on Friday, March 15 and run through Wednesday, March 20 with the sale.
The Fat Steer weigh-in will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the SRF grounds.
The Feeder Steer weigh-in will be Friday, December 7, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 will be the Swine tag-in.

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