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4-H Fair activities to begin this week

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash County 4-H Fair will begin later this week, with a variety of activities planned through the weekend.

The fair begins in earnest on July 17-22 at the Wabash County 4-H Fairgrounds.

While the fair officially takes place next week, pre-fair activities began Tuesday, July 11, with the public fashion review at the Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall. Activities begin at 7 p.m.

Attention will return to the Honeywell Center on Wednesday, July 12, for the Wabash County 4-H Fair queen’s pageant. That will take place at 7 p.m. in the Ford Theater.

Public recognition of the 4-H 10-year members also will take place on Wednesday.

Action shifts to the fairgrounds on Friday, with the Horse & Pony Show at 8 a.m. in the Horse and Pony Arena. Also planned Friday is the Mini 4-H Horse Show. All activities are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

Saturday brings the annual Wabash County 4-H Dog Club’ obedience and agility dog show to the fairgrounds. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. and should continue much of the afternoon.

Also, from 9-11 a.m. Saturday exhibit in the Wabash County Open Show will be entered at the Bob Elrod Building.

The Wabash County 4-H Poultry Show will kick off fair week, beginning at 11 a.m. in the rabbit/poultry area.

Also to be judged on Monday are the Dairy Show and 2:30 p.m. and the Beef Show at 6 p.m. Both of those shows are in the show arena.

The Mini Beef Show also is planned Monday.

Tuesday finds a full slate of activities, beginning with the Goat Show at 8 a.m. in the show arena.

At 9 a.m. the 4-H Rabbit Ambassador Show will begin in the rabbit/poultry area, followed by the 4-H Rabbit Show at 1 p.m.

The Meat Goat Show begins at 3 p.m. in the show arena, followed by the Sheep Show at 6 p.m. The mini sheep show also is planned.

On Wednesday, the 4-H Swine Show will begin at 8 a.m. and should continue until late afternoon or early evening. It is the last livestock-judging contest involving all 4-H members.

On Thursday, July 20, the Horse and Pony contesting event is planned in the horse & pony arena. That will begin at 10 a.m.

Also at 10 a.m. Thursday will be the weigh-in for the kiddie tractor poll, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the show arena.

At 5 p.m., the round robin showmanship contest will begin in the show arena. Supreme showmanship winners from the various livestock categories will compete by showing all the various animals during the contest.

Friday morning will have the annual achievement award ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at the show arena, followed by the Parade of Champions at noon, also in the show arena.

The annual livestock auction will begin at 3 p.m. in the show arena.

Activities also are planned in the outdoor arena.

The modified and super stock tractor pull will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, with the modified garden tractor pull planned at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19.

Wild hog wrestling is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20, while auto cross is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 21.

Outdoor arena activities wrap up Saturday, July 22, with the demolition derby.

Activities on the free stage are Janice Anne from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, and comedian Charlie Daub from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19.

Thursday, July 20, brings the classic rock group, Random Play, to the stage from 5:30-7:30 p.m., followed by southern gospel music featuring Heaven’s Hope from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 21.

After Six, a classic 1970s-80s band, will perform from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22.

A variety of demonstrations are planned throughout the week.

From 1-3 p.m. the BioTech Team will demonstrate cheese making. The team returns from 5-7 p.m. that evening to demonstrate how to make soy ink.

4-H member John Schuler will provide a drone demonstration from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, while Vicki Shafer of the Purdue Extension will present “Walking Off the Midway Munches” from 5-7 p.m.

Wednesday the Extension Homemakers clubs will sew pillowcases to donate to children’s hospitals. That event will be from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 5-7 p.m.

The BioTech team returns from 1-3 p.m. demonstrating how to make a non-Newtonian fluid to take home.

The team returns from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, demonstrating how to grow soybean in a bag hung around one’s neck.

From 5-7 p.m., the 4-H Shooting Sports Club will provide a pellet gun shooting experience.

As usual, carnival rides will be open from 5-10 p.m. Monday, July 18, to Saturday, July 22.

Also, the merchant’s building will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 17-20, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 21.

Posted on 2017 Jul 11