Hot times at the Keokuk County Expo

Keota FFA member Addison Sprouse takes her first place spot in the ring at the 2019 Keokuk County Expo Sheep Show on Thursday, July 18.

Sigourney – What’s fair time in Iowa without temps in the nineties? This year’s Keokuk County Expo fell during the final stretch of a particularly long heat spell this July. Exhibitors, family, and 4-H leaders are accustomed to sweltering conditions coinciding with what many consider the “best week of the summer.” This year’s Expo was no exception.

            In the show ring, exhibitors kept their cool in white shirts provided this year by Channel C. Each time the gate snapped shut, the ring filled with a new set of animals and showman. Although the heat caused some damp shirts and faces, the exhibitors proved over and over, that showing their animals in a heatwave was nothing new to them.

            Heat did not stop folks from venturing out to the Expo for fun. On Thursday, July 18 the Bill Riley Talent Show packed the ( ). Contestants from all over the are entertained the crowd with acts varying from dance, to singing, to playing instruments. Friday night’s concert was just as popular, and those who ventured up the hill to the grandstand were rewarded with a cool evening breeze to go with the sunset. First to take the stage was Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys, opening for solo artist Brad Morgan. 

 

For the rest of this story, check out the July 24th issue of the Keota Eagle.