4-H Fair creates extra energy in 2014, says Rumschlag

Authored by Jim Langham on Jul 23, 2014

Amy Rumschlag, Purdue University Extension advisor who heads up the Adams County 4-H Fair, said on Tuesday night that this year’s fair is one of the most energetic events that she has ever been part of.
“It is just fabulous. Everything has gone so smooth,” said Rumschlag following the 4-H Ambassador program. “We’ve had perfect weather. Oh, it’s been a little hot but that’s July in Indiana. It’s what 4-H season is all about.
“Everyone is so positive this year. It’s like a family full of energy. People seem to really be supporting and enjoying the fair,” continued Runschlag. “There’s a very positive spirit. The only thing we could use is more volunteers.”
Rumschlag said she was stunned by how rapidly the fair seems to be passing.
“People are working so hard this year. Kids are up and at it every day, taking care of their animals and getting ready for the day’s activities,” said Rumschlag. “I guess I would have to say that energy and hard work are what is making this fair so successful.”
Tuesday’s big event was the traditional parade, one of the biggest parades in the county throughout the year. This year’s festive atmosphere was no exception. From bands to cheerleaders, 4-H floats, politicians, 4-H clubs, farm machinery and a variety other participants, the parade stretched at one point from one end of Monroe to the other and lasted an hour.
Early Tuesday morning, residents and those who were going to observe the parade were out placing chairs and picking their spots to watch the event.
Prior to the parade, the line to the popular dining hall stretched in all directions serving those who had come to enjoy the traditional fair food. In addition to the cafeteria, this year tents were also set on the grounds where those enjoying their meals could sit.
One of the most special moments was when Runschlag took time to honor parade grand marshals Wayne and Edith Byerly of Monroe. The Byerlys, Rumschlag said, spend hours groundskeeping and performing maintenance of the 4-H fairgrounds each year.
“They take great pride in what they do; they provide the backdrop in 4-H,” said Rumschlag. “They are groundskeepers; they mow and take care of the flowers. In addition, Wayne Byerly is also in charge of renting the commercial building during the year.
“I always get so many compliments concerning their work,” continued Rumschlag. “Normally the grand marshal gives a little speech on stage following the parade, but Wayne declined. He is such a humble, hard-working person.”
Rumschlag said that a few days ago she heard the mower going and she knew that Byerly was mowing for the fair.
“The next day I heard the mower going again,” said Rumschlag. “I thought, ‘well, he just mowed yesterday.’ When I looked again, sure enough, there he was with the mower again doing some touch-up work. That represents how particular they are in their work.”
Float winners announced following the parade include Monroe Country Kids, third place; French Peppy Peppers, second place; and Wabash Cloverleaf, first place.
Adams County Has Talent takes place on the main stage tonight at 8. Wednesday is also Substance Abuse Awareness Day at the fair.

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