4-H Fair to feature new activities

By Joseph Slacian

Several new activities are planned this year at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.

The fair gets underway Friday, July 12, and continues through July 20. Actually, two events – the non-livestock judging and the 4-H Queen pageant, will take place July 9 and July 10, respectively.

“The big, new things have come from ideas from some of our 4-H members and Jr. Leaders,” according to Angela Christopher, Purdue Extension Office 4-H Youth Development.

Spirit Days, or dress-up days, are planned throughout the week, with each day having a different theme.

“The first 50 people who are dressed in the dress-up theme and stop by the Jr. Leader pop stand, the one just beside the show arena, will get some kind of prize each day,” Christopher said.

Themes for each day are:

Friday, July 12: Farmer/Western Wear Day.
Saturday, July 13: Neon Colors Day.
Monday, July 15: 4-H Apparel or Green Day.
Tuesday, July 16: 4-H for a Cause Day. (Wear apparel to support research for cancer, autism, heart disease or any other research cause.)
Wednesday, July 17: Hawaiian Day.
Thursday, July 18: Wild & Crazy Day. (Wear crazy hair or clashing, inside out or mismatched clothes.)
Friday, July 19: School Pride day. (Wear favorite high school or university apparel.)

The other thing that kind of came out of some ideas that 4-H members and Jr. Leaders tossed around was having a blood drive at the fair and a glow run.

“It kind of morphed from there, from those two ideas, and we’re going to have a 4-H for a Cause Day, and that will be Tuesday, July 16,” Christopher said.

A blood drive is planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bruce Ingraham Community Building. Those wishing to participate can register in advance at

“If they give blood that day, they get a 50 percent off Richvalley tenderloin coupon,” she added. “That’s a big bonus.”

In addition, some 4-H alumni contacted the Purdue Cooperative Extension Office and broached having a sand volleyball tourney in the horse arena, with the entry fees being donated to the winning team’s local charity of choice. (Registration forms are available at

A Moon Walk, in honor of 150 years of Purdue University and its great accomplishments that have come from its alumni, will begin at 10 p.m.

Entry fees for the walk five non-perishable food items or $5, with those going to local food pantries.

“We have to be off the fair grounds at 11, so it will be a short, one-mile fun run, or people can walk,” Christopher said.

There also are some changes to the 4-H auction, perhaps the biggest being the starting time. It will now begin at 1 p.m.

“And 4-H members and 4-H buyers will have the option of donating market animals to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry,”

Christopher said. “4-H members who do this on their own are agreeing to give up their market price for their animal, so it will be a true donation of their animal.

“All of the meat will be processed by Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry and will come back to Wabash County food pantries.”
Likewise, if buyers purchase the animal and are willing to pay the market price to the 4-H member, then they can designate that animal go to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry as well.

“We’re looking to help the community in many different ways this year,” Christopher said. “With the 4 H’s, we’re about head, heart, hands and health, so we really want to pledge our hands to the larger service and give back to the greater community good here in Wabash County.”

In addition to the aforementioned activities, she said there are “a ton of fun activities that anyone can come to.”

For example, from noon to 2 p.m. July 12, a soap making demonstration is planned. Participants can learn to make their own soap, as well as learning how to add color and scents to the soap.

The 4-H Robotics Club will have a demonstration from 6-8 p.m. July 13, while virtual field trips featuring the extension’s new Google Expedition Classroom are planned from 3-5 p.m. July 15.

From 2-4 p.m. July 17, Mindy Mayes, Purdue Extension Educator, and Laura Spaulding, 85 Hope executive director, will demonstrate how to make meals in a mug. In addition, there also will be camel rides available from 4-7 p.m. in the Horse Arena. The rides cost $5.

Gary Henderson, also known as the Dog Man of Wabash County, and his dog, Stella, will put on a demonstration at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, and from 11 a.m. to noon, Dr. Jeff Biehl will perform an animal autopsy.

From 1 to 4 p.m. July 18, visitors can help sew tote bags to cheer patients at Riley Hospital. That activity is in memory of Gretchen Williams. Also July 18, a goat yoga demonstration is planned at 2 p.m. Participants should bring their own yoga mats.

The Columbian Park Zoo will be on hand at 2 and 3 p.m. July 19 for demonstrations. Seating is limited, Christopher said, so those interested in attending should arrive on time.

In addition to all those activities, the Maxine Howard Pavilion will have free musical events, while the outdoor arena will feature a variety of activities, including a tractor pulls, demolition derby and hog wrestling.

The midway will be in operation from July 15 to 20, and the merchants building will be open from July 15 to 19.

Posted on 2019 Jul 02