In a week, it will be fair time.
The 2014 LaGrange County 4-H Fair kicks off Saturday, July 5, as hundreds of 4-H’ers check-in their projects and animals. The food stalls will be open with their variety of treats for everyone to try. Plus shows at the grandstands and new entertainment out on the midway.
The fair runs through Saturday, July 12, ending with the 4-H Livestock Auction.
LaGrange County 4-H Association Board President Mike Patka has been involved with the fair since being a 10-year 4-H’er, serving on the board since 2006. “I consider it a true 4-H fair,” he said of the LaGrange County event. “There are lots of great exhibits.”
Patka noted that numbers seem to be up this year, with around 540 kids enrolled in the projects. Those 4-H’ers will be busy throughout the week, showing animals large and small as well as being judged on projects ranging from cake decorating to photography and more. Some judging will take place on Thursday, July 3, with other projects coming in Saturday morning.
Animal judging starts Monday morning with dairy beef in the pavilion and the rabbit show in the small animal tent.
The highlight for those showing animals will be the all-around showmanship contest on Friday, with the small animal all-around showmanship championship decided in the morning and the large animal all-around decided in the afternoon.
Along with the 4-H activities, Patka noted there are plenty of other things going on throughout the week, starting with a two-day rodeo at the grandstand Saturday and Sunday. The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.
Speed and power take over the track Tuesday evening with midget and sprint car racing around the track at 7 p.m.
The NTPA truck and tractor pull returns again this year to put on a great show of power and noise Thursday evening starting at 6 p.m.
And Martin Xtreme Racing will feature motorcycles and quads catching air as they compete starting at 7 p.m.
The first 200 people who buy grandstand tickets for several of the events will receive special prizes from area businesses. Check the 4-H fair booklet or the schedule on page 9 in today’s LaGrange News for details.
Two new midway shows will be running throughout the week and both will be free to watch. Get close to the elephants in Elephant Encounter with shows at 6 and 8 p.m. each day and an additional 4 p.m. show on Saturday and Sunday.
The High Playing Pages will fly over the midway at 7 and 8:30 p.m. each day, with additional 5 p.m. shows on Saturday and Sunday.
There is, of course, more great reasons to come to the fair. “Food. Food. Food,” Patka said. “There are all of the great club food booths and the other vendors.” The variety, he added, is great, with the best pork burgers around, plus all of the different choices provided by the clubs.
In the end, the county fair remains just that – a fair for LaGrange County and the 4-H’ers who make it possible. Patka has spent the better part of his life working with the fair in some fashion, either as a 4-H’er or on the 4-H association. Why? “The memories I have there and the things I’ve learned there,” he stated. “And it’s great to see today’s 4-H’ers working hard as they head down that same path. Don’t miss the chance to experience the LaGrange County 4-H Fair and see what makes it one of a kind.”