A big part of the Junior Livestock Show is the Youth Fair and this year those participating or just viewing will see some changes, for the better.

The fair will be spread out through two days, Tuesday, Jan. 2 and Friday, Jan. 5, inside the Erath County Livestock Arena.

“Last year we were 100 entries over our normal and literally ran out of space,” said Erath County Extension Agent Donna White. “A committee was formed to serve as a ‘think tank’ and improve the experience for the kids and the public. We hope making the fair into a two-day event will accomplish this goal.”

This year’s categories and superintendents are Arts & Crafts, Emily McLemore; Foods, Kristi Adams; Photography, Elizabeth Starnes; and Shop Art, Amber Parks.

“Tuesday is primarily the qualifying day and Friday after baked goods are judged, the silent auction begins (10:30 a.m.) all day,” White said. “Friday will look smaller than shows in the past because only the top six places in each category and division will be there.”

Each category will be broken up into the standard Youth Fair age groups — Clover Kids, kindergarten-second grade; Junior, third-fifth grades; Intermediate, sixth-eighth grades; and Senior, ninth-12th grades.

Folks can come out and bid on items they like and support the kids.

“There will also be 4-H baskets to purchase tickets with proceeds benefiting fellow 4-Hers from counties affected by Hurricane Harvey,” White said. “I love watching the kids turn in their projects and seeing their faces when they place and win ribbons and prize money. For some, it’s the first time they have been rewarded like this and seeing pride and satisfaction on their face is priceless.”

Monetary prizes will be awarded to first-third places and ribbons will be awarded to first-sixth places. A Best of Show award will also go to one project in each category.

For more information about the Youth Fair visit erath.agrilife.org.