4-H Fair begins this weekend

Authored by Jim Langham on Jul 17, 2013

Greased pig contests, rabbit hopping demonstrations, bingo and a kid’s play zone are some of the new features to enhance a family atmosphere at the Adams County 4-H Fair this year.
This year’s fair will begin Sunday and conclude with the fair cleanup on Friday morning, July 26.
Sunday’s events will conclude with the traditional Miss Adams County pageant at 7 p.m. At 5 p.m., stage events will include final year member recognition, outstanding 4-H member awards, 4-H scholarships, Farm Bureau tenant awards, Junior Leader president recognition and showcase of fashions.
At 6 p.m. will be the greased pig contest while Studio 180 will be performing on the stage.
The kid’s play zone will be located south of the Clover Center, noted Missy Smitley, administrative assistant.
“This is for kids of all ages,” said Smitley. “There will be a bounce house, face painting by local artists, popcorn and snow cones.”
“This is going to be a great fair this year. The idea is to give all kinds of family things to do to make it a family event,” said Michelle Ripley, Purdue Extension summer employee. “We are all excited about it. We’ve introduced a lot of new things to this year’s fair.”
Another “first” in this year’s fair is the group recognition for the grand marshal of the 4-H Parade. This year’s marshal is going to be the Extension Homemakers in recognition of all of the work they put into working in the food stand each year.
“Their hard work is always such a big part of the fair success,” said Smitley.
Nancy Manuel, Health and Human Sciences Educator, said that in all of Indiana this is the 100th year celebration of homemakers.
“The homemakers have supplied the schedules and all of the workforce in the dining hall for years,” said Manuel, who noted that there are 12 homemaker clubs in Adams County.
“Having a multiple marshal like this has never been done before,” continued Manuel. “I’m so glad they are being recognized. They are a big workforce for the fair.”
Manuel said that fair officials are borrowing the Swiss Days shuttle in order to transport the homemakers at the parade.
Monday’s stage presentations will include grand champion presentations and the Decatur Dance Academy.
Tuesday, at 7 p.m., will be the annual grand parade. After the parade will be the grand marshal recognition on the stage and the 4-H Ambassador recognition.
Wednesday’s featured performances will include the Razz M’ Jazz dancers and “Adams County Has Talent.”

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