Time to talk turkey

Fulshear High School sophomore Reaghan Bucek exhibited the grand champion turkey at last year’s Fort Bend County Fair & Livestock Show. This year’s livestock shows will be different because of the coronavirus pandemic. The only ones allowed at each show are those issued wristbands — the exhibitors, family and other special guests. The public will be able to view each show online. See Page 10A for details.

Even though only exhibitors, families and others with wristbands may attend the livestock competition this year, the public may watch the shows online.

Cattle in Motion will livestream the livestock shows for the public. To watch the livestream, go online to www.cattleinmotion.com. The 2020 Fort Bend County Fair & Livestock Show kicks off at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.

Unlike year’s past, there will be no parade, carnival or youth and adult crafts and cooking competition.

Likewise, there will be no extracurricular activities planned, such as concerts, lawnmower races, pageants, talent show or cookoff contests. Here’s the schedule:

THURSDAY, SEPT. 24 | Gates open at 5 p.m. with the halter heifer check-in at Barn H. The pen of two heifers check-in also starts at 5 p.m. in the rodeo arena while the goat check-in takes place in the George Pavilion. The steer check-in starts at 6 p.m. in the George Pavilion and the turkey check-in begins at 6 p.m. at the Brazos Concert Stage area. Feeding of animals takes place between 8-11 p.m. Gates close at 11 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 25 | Shows will be held all day Friday, Sept. 25. The rabbit check-in begins at 7 a.m. at the Brazos Concert Stage area followed by the show immediately afterward. The pen of two heifers show will be held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the rodeo arena. From 1-4 p.m., the halter heifer show will take place in the George Pavilion. The scramble heifer check-in and show takes place between 5-9 p.m. in the rodeo arena. The goat show begins at 6 p.m. in the George Pavilion and is scheduled to end around 9 p.m. The feeding of animals will take place between 8-11 p.m. and the gates close at 11 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 26 | Gates open at 6 a.m. Swine check-in takes place between 6-10 a.m. in the George Pavilion. Broiler check-in and show will be held between 8-10 a.m. at the Brazos Concert Stage area. Commercial heifer sale takes place between noon and 6 p.m. in the rodeo arena. Lamb check-in occurs between 3-5 p.m. in Barn H. Roaster check-in and show starts at 4 p.m. at the Brazos Concert Stage area. Feeding of the animals occurs between 6-11 p.m. The day ends with the steer show taking place between 6:30-midnight in the George Pavilion. Gates close at 11 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 27 | Gates open at 8 a.m. The lamb show takes place between noon and 3 p.m. in the George Pavilion. The bucket calf check-in and show begins at 4 p.m. The swine show kicks off at 4:30 p.m. in the George Pavilion and is expected to last until midnight. Gates close at midnight. The junior livestock auction is scheduled for Oct. 2, in the rodeo arena. The freezer sale will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3. COVID-19 guidelines will be strictly enforced.

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