4-H Fair offers something for everyone

By Josh Sigler

The 2018 Wabash County 4-H Fair features an abundance of events and activities that all members of the community will enjoy.

Purdue Extension of Wabash County educator Angela Christopher said excitement and anticipation is through the roof for this year’s installment of the fair.

“We’re always excited for the fair because it’s the culminating activity for the kids for many months of hard work,” Christopher said. “Our clubs have been meeting since January. So, this is the final activity to show what they’ve worked on.”

The vast array of events kicks of Tuesday, July 10 with the public fashion review at 7:30 p.m. at Legacy Hall inside the Honeywell Center.

4-H pre-judging also starts Tuesday, with non-livestock project contestants having the opportunity to meet with judges throughout the day, ending with ribbon presentations.

“Any project that’s not an animal comes in to be judged,” Christopher said. “The judges are there. They get to sit down with the judge and show their project and talk to them about the process. The judge provides them with constructive feedback regarding their project. They know their ribbon placing right then and there.”

The 4-H Queen coronation and 10-year member recognition takes place Wednesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Honeywell Center.

The fair itself runs from Friday, July 13 through Saturday, July 21, ending with the popular demolition derby at the outdoor arena at 7:30 p.m. on the final night of the fair.

Carnival rides will be available from Monday, July 16 through Saturday, July 21 from 5-10 p.m. each night. Bracelets will be available for $20.

At the outdoor arena, the modified and super stock tractor pull is set for July 17 at 7 p.m. The following night, the modified garden tractor pull is schedule for 7 p.m.

On Thursday, July 19, wild hog wrestling will take place at 7 p.m. Then, on Friday, July 20, the auto cross competition will start at 7:30 p.m.

There are six days’ worth of events available at the free stage.

Kicking things off on Sunday, July 15 at 8:30 a.m., pastor Terry Hinds will host the sunrise church service. Then at 7 p.m. that night, youth pastor Dylan Persinger will lead an evening teen worship service.

On Monday, July 16, Aaron Creech will bring his blues, rock and country music to the free stage at 6 p.m.

Musician Dakota Parker will bring his country music act to the free stage on Tuesday, July 17 at 6 p.m., while comedian Charlie Daub will perform Wednesday, June 18 at 6 p.m.

The musical stylings of Kustom Khrome will highlight the free stage events on Thursday, July 19 at 5 p.m., and the Pearson Mill Band will take the stage on the final night of free stage activities on Friday, July 20 at 5 p.m.

Purdue Extension and Wabash County 4-H have hands-on activities and demonstrations running throughout the week free of charge.

“The new things we are really excited about this year are the demonstrations and hands-on activities that anyone can come and participate in – they’re all free,” Christopher said. “We’ve had several sponsors within the county step up to sponsor these events. We’re really excited for those. We have activities packed in there.”

Beginning July 13 at 9 a.m., the BioTechnology Team will host a living seed necklace project on the west end of the Bob Elrod Building, where patrons can make a necklace with a seed that will grow.

Events will take place in the west end of the Bob Elrod Building unless otherwise noted.

In the show arena at 10 a.m., the Kiddie Tractor Pull will take place. Also at 10 a.m., Huntington College of Ag will host a petting zoo in the show arena.

Then at 1 p.m., the Mini 4-H King and Queen contests will take place. And, at 2 p.m., patrons may have cookies and lemonade with the 4-H Queen and Court in the show arena.

Saturday, July 14, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., the BioTechnology Team will host an event where patrons will be able to make plastic out of soybean products.

Also, the 4-H Club robotics team will put on a demonstration from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening.

There will also be a cornhole tournament on July 14 at 10 a.m. Those interested may sign up at Troxel Equipment, 834 State Road 13, from July 1 to July 13.

On Monday, July 16, Ivy Tech will host a mobile ag classroom in a trailer between the Bob Elrod Building and the Show Arena all day.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the BioSecurity Team will host a hands-on event where patrons can design and build their own barn.
At 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m., the Columbian Park Zoo out of Lafayette will be on hand for its Zoomobile presentation, where patrons can meet staff and animals from the zoo, located at the Wabash Church of the Nazarene (next to the fairgrounds).

From 6 to 8 p.m., Escape Hour will host an escape game cart, where patrons will have the opportunity to solve puzzles and combinations to open the game cart.

On Tuesday, July 17 at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., the Doug Wilcox Family is sponsoring an organ petting zoo. Actual animal organs will be on display for patrons to touch and ask questions.

On Wednesday, July 18 from 9-11 a.m. and again from 1-3 p.m., the 4-H STEM Spark club will host an event where patrons may try out 3-D printing pens, robots, drones, Bloxels and more.

From 3-5 p.m. the Shooting Sports 4-H Club host a hands-on shooting experience for those interested.

Then from 5-7 p.m. that night, join Mindy Mayes from Purdue Extension for the upcycle and recycle program, where patrons can make something new and exciting using recycled.

On Thursday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 5-7 p.m., Extension Homemakers will host Cases for Smiles, where patrons may help sew pillow cases which will be donated to local children’s hospitals.

From 1-3 p.m., the BioSecurity Team will host an exhibit on pathogens, where patrons will engage in hands-on activities about diseases and prevention.

Then from 3-5 p.m. that day, Cornerstone Veterinarian Office will host an animal autopsy, where those in attendance can watch a live autopsy of an animal.

And, on Friday, July 20 from 1-3 p.m., Sarah Anguilm of the Purdue Extension will host an event where patrons can learn how much exercise it takes to burn off the calories consumed by eating fair food, as well as making healthier food choices.
There are also numerous other shows and events of public interest.

Friday, July 13, the Horse, Pony and Mini Horse show will take place in the Horse Arena at 8 a.m.

Then at 6 p.m. that evening, the 4-H Tractor Driving Contest will take place at the fairgrounds.

On Saturday, July 14, the Dog Show will take place at 11 a.m. in the Show Arena, while the Horse and Pony show will start at 5 p.m. in the Horse Arena.

On Monday, July 16, the 4-H Rabbit Ambassador program will take place at 8 a.m. in the Rabbit/Poultry Barn. The Beef and Mini Beef Show will follow at 10 a.m. in the Show Arena.

Then at 3 p.m., the Rabbit Show will take place in the Rabbit/Poultry Barn, followed by the Dairy Show at 5 p.m. in the Show Arena.

On Tuesday, July 17, the Goat and Mini Goat Show will take place at 8 a.m. in the Show Arena, followed by the Meat Goat Show at 3 p.m. and the Sheep and Mini Sheep show at 6 p.m.

The 4-H Swine Show is set for Wednesday, July 18 at 8 a.m. in the Show Arena.

Then on Thursday, July 19, the Poultry Show will take place in the Poultry Barn at 9 a.m., followed by the Round Robin Showmanship program at 5 p.m. in the Show Arena.

On Friday, July 20, the Achievement Awards Ceremony will take place in the Show Arena at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Parade of Champions at noon.

The 4-H Class of 2019 presentation and picture will take place at 1 p.m., and the 4-H Livestock Auction will start at 3 p.m. in the Show Arena.

Posted on 2018 Jul 10