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4-H Fair: That county fair feeling


It seems to be starting a little early this year, but everything is in place for the 2012 LaGrange County 4-H Fair to begin this Saturday, July 7. The fair runs through the next week, ending with the 4-H livestock auction on July 14.

And in between, there’s a whole lot of things to do.

Grandstand events will again be big draws, particularly the NTPA Tractor and Tractor Pull slated for Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. Last year, 70 pullers participated, with more expected for the 2012 contest.

A new event at the fair will see the dust flying, as Open Wheel Midget Auto Races will tear around the pony track on Tuesday, with hot laps starting at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

 A unique sight will be the DeWayne Spaw concert preceding the rodeo at the grandstand Saturday evening, complete with a stage that rises from a trailer. The concert starts at 7 p.m., with the rodeo to follow.

Up and coming country music artists Allan and Ashcraft will be on the free stage Monday evening. The duo recently performed in Nashville during the CMA awards.

Senior citizens will be the special guests at the fair on Tuesday, with contests and activities just for them. Awards will be given to the oldest person in attendance, the longest married couple, and many more. The 4-H Fair Board has donated Miller’s gift certificates for the prizes.

There will be plenty of free entertainment throughout the week, including a Strong Man Show on Wednesday and Thursday, performing amazing feats of strength during three shows each day, including pulling a truck.

Kevin and Robin Heller will be performing their Midway of Magic Show on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Vicenta’s White Tigers will be an amazing sight at the fair this year, as they perform every evening throughout the week.

A new act for 2012 will be the Axe Women Loggers of Maine, with three shows each day.

4-Hers will be showcasing their efforts throughout the week, with 4-H tenure members, Master Achievers, and TOPS in 4-H all honored Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m.

The LaGrange County Queen Contest will follow in the pavilion at 7:30 p.m. (see related article.)

The 4-H Fair Parade will have U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman as its grand marshal. The parade will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday.

At the moment, the fireworks display scheduled for Sunday evening is still on, with additional fire trucks to be on hand as a precaution.

4-H demonstrations and judging starts Monday morning, with the rabbit and dairy beef shows up first.

The Small Animal All-Around Showmanship contest will be Friday morning at 10 a.m., with the All-Around Large Animal Showmanship starting at 4 p.m.

4-H Fair Board member Beth Sherman noted that the fair could not happen without all of the volunteers who work at the fair throughout the week. Among those that volunteer their time are those working at the gate, including Howe Lions Club, Mongo Lions Club, South Milford Lions Club, Wolcottville Lions Club, Stroh Lions Club, American Red Cross (new this year), LaGrange Rotary, and Moose Lodge 1351.

From on-track action to great music and entertainment to the joy and fun of watching 4-Hers show their talents, the 2012 LaGrange County 4-H Fair has something for everyone, all while keeping that wonderful small county fair feel.