The 60th Annual LaGrange County 4-H Fair begins this Saturday, July 6. The week of exhilarating events, many of them new this year, will wrap up on Saturday, July 13, with the annual livestock auction at 9 a.m.
The fair will officially open its gates at noon on Saturday and the exhibit building projects will be judged and awarded ribbons by 5 p.m. The much-anticipated fireworks show begins at 10 p.m.
The recognition ceremonies are on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the pavilion, where 4-H tenure members, Master Achievers, TOPS in 4-H, scholarship winners, and fashion revue winners will be honored.
New to the fair this year is the Wild About Monkeys show, a free show held every day at 6 and 8 p.m. Prepare to be entertained by a variety of hyper monkeys and their trainers.
A rodeo will take place on Saturday, July 6, beginning at 6 p.m. Three Bar J Ranch and Rodeo will bring bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding to the fair. Other features include steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, and barrel racing.
On Sunday, July 7, the 4-H parade begins at 4 p.m. The returning motorcycle fun run, open to people of all ages, will go on a police-led drive around LaGrange at 1:30 p.m. Register at Lakeland High School between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Another new event sure to impress this year is Tony Petersen’s Hell Drivers, a gripping stunt car show. Join the excitement at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, at the grandstand.
Don’t forget the N.T.P.A Grand National Tractor Pull, held at the grandstand on Thursday, July 11, beginning at 6 p.m. Tractor pullers from across the nation will show LaGrange what their tractors can do.
A couple of free concerts will hit the portable stage this year, including Hubie Ashcraft and the Drive on Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Formerly of the band “Alan and Ashcraft,” Hubie Ashcraft and his band will provide free country music. Drive One8E will give a free concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, also at the portable stage.
If you’re wondering about some of your favorite classic fair events, quite a few are returning to the fair this year, including the Midget Auto Races in the grandstand. Although many missed this event last year, those that attended requested it be brought back so that more could enjoy the stock car extravaganza at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9.
Magic will fill the portable stage at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, with Kevin and Robin Heller’s Midway of Magic show. This show has been popular in the past and it is sure to wow viewers again this year.
Check out the farm truck pulls in the grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10. The open draft horse hitches are also on July 10 at 5 p.m. in the horse arena, a gorgeous display of carriages and wagons, period costumes, and draft horses are sure to delight fairgoers.
The FFA youth and adult programs, with favorites such the frog jumping and cricket spitting contests, is on Friday, July 12, at 1 p.m.
Thunder Country Idol, a returning popular event, will hold a free show on Friday, July 12, at the portable stage. Idol is special this year, as two graduated 10-year 4-H members, David Weaver and Hannah Meyers, are finalists.
Many residents looking forward to the fair this coming week. LaGrange County 4-H Fair Board President Beth Sherman is looking forward to the fair as well. Hoping for high spirits and good weather, she said, “I hope everyone comes out and enjoys the 60th Annual 4-H Fair.”