By Ann Bryant, Staff Writer
FARMINGTON — A new livestock show at Farmington Fair will challenge the cow showing skills of a few local political figures and town officials.
The Politically “Cow-rect” Livestock Show starts about 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in Worthley Arena at Farmington Fair, said Judy Smith,
The new show follows the annual 4-H Show, which starts at 4 p.m., where 4-H youth show off their animals, ones they have conditioned and trained, Lilly Bagley, a 4-H leader, said.
The 4-H members will then serve as mentors to the political figures, perhaps teaching their elders a few tricks.
So far, State Senator Tom Saviello (R-Wilton), Representative Russell Black (R-Wilton), Farmington Town Manager Richard Davis and Wilton Town Manager Rhonda Irish have agreed to participate.
Smith is contacting a few others, she said. The idea came too late for the fair program but she hopes people will spread the word about the new event.
Irish said she would like to practice some before the show. She grew up on a dairy farm where her sisters showed cattle but she showed horses.
Davis also has some background with farming but little showing experience. While growing up, his grandparents and a friend had a farm and he helped out, he said.
Black owns a farm. Saviello was a good sport and was quick to say he’d be there, she said.
“We may use some older cows,” Smith said about making the challenge a little more fair.
Smith came up with the idea of the Politically “Cow-rect” Livestock Show based on a show formerly held at Windsor Fair, she said.
In years past, that fair would hold a Political Pull where political figures would face off in a milking contest, she said.
She decided calling Farmington’s event a livestock show would allow for the use of sheep or pigs for the event in future years.
Smith has been the impetus behind other new events started within the last few years at Farmington Fair.
A Mutton Bustin’ contest tests the ability of 7 and 8 year old children to ride as far as they can on the backs of sheep. A popular event for both parents and fair- goers to watch, the Mutton Bustin’ takes place at noon Saturday, Sept. 23, in the pulling ring.
A couple years ago, a 4-H Dog Show was started and will continue this year at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept.17, in Worthley Arena.
The 4-H Horse Show takes place on Saturday, Sept. 23, starting at 10 a.m., she said.