There have been a few modern additions to the fair's education component, including an ultrasound machine that allows youth to see how well their animals have developed.
"It shows the marbling in the meat," Tuckwiller explained. The youth also face a series of "skillathons" during their time at the fair.
"It's another one of those learning things; they answer a series of questions about the breed they are showing," she explained. "They identify the different cuts of meat or the grains an animal would be eating. They identify different kinds of breeds within a species."
The scores on the skillathons go toward total points the youth earn as part of their exhibiting. Grooming is another point-earner.
"Grooming is one of the big things 4-H and FFA are teaching. It shows kids how to present animals in a show," she said. Again, the goal for most is to present their hard work and sell it at auction next week.
Once the youth finish their shows - by Tuesday - adult shows ramp up.
Tuckwiller said adult farmers often bring breeding animals and they travel from around the country to show their animals.
Farmers welcome visitors and questions and the fair will again feature a popular exhibit from the Perkins family farm, which operates the dairy birthing center each year. Visitors who are around at the right time can witness the miracle of birth.
"Mr. Perkins told me he has 80-some cows due during the time of the fair," Tuckwiller said.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.