In time for the 2012 Jasper County Youth Fair in July, the beef pavilion will feature new industrial fans.
Due to a $2,500 grant from the Carthage Community Foundation, a $7,000 grant from the Steadley Memorial Trust and the MFA Oil Foundation grant of $2,000, the Jasper County Youth Fair Board exceeded its goal of raising funds for new industrial fans for the cattle exhibitors.
“We had a tough time deciding on which requests to help with this year,” said CCF Board President Don LaFerla. “This was one of the highly favored projects for Carthage. And we wanted to produce something will continue to help the community for a long time.”
Kara Cloud, 12, and her family will be showing five to six heifers this year, and will see the impact of the fans first-hand.
“With the way the weather has been, it's great (to have the fans) not only for us but for the animals,” Kara said. “It's a big deal for everybody. Quite a few people use this facility.”
When exhibitors bring their animals and other projects the fair every year, their number one enemy is the heat. Kara Cloud, who has been showing at the fair since she was four years old, said witnessing an animal over-heat is not rare. She said the fans will significantly help this summer, and future years of exhibitors.
“The fair is a chance to hang out with friends and show what I do – show what I'm good at,” Kara said.
In February, The Carthage Press reported of MFA Oil's grant to the fair. The foundation chose the local fair project on the basis of principles of: building knowledge and leadership skills of rural youth, agricultural and cooperative education programs, and organizations active in addressing and solving community problems and improving the quality of life.