GREENTOWN – Gray skies couldn’t keep 4-Hers and area residents from showing up Monday to kick off another Howard County 4-H fair.
The first competitions started early in the afternoon with a good turnout for the rabbit and swine shows in the Lions Pavilion. Exhibit buildings opened at 2 p.m., giving 4-Hers their first look at how their entries fared this year. A steady stream of people circled the buildings admiring the projects.
Countless food vendors, midway rides and games offered entertainment along with the Wildcat Cloggers, WPI/NTPA Tractor Pull and Miss Howard County Fair Queen Pageant that took various stages in the fairgrounds Monday evening.
Below is a snippet of what went on Monday at the fair. Visit www.kokomotribune.com to find the fair schedule for the rest of the week.
1:30 p.m., David Grimme guides his pig, Annie, a crossbred gilt, around the Lions Pavilion arena along with six other competitors and their swine. This is Grimme’s 10th year showing pigs, and he said the trick is to stick with the basics.
“Stay calm, don’t overthink what you’re doing,” the 18-year-old advised. “Remember the basics and don’t try to get fancy.”
Grimme’s approach paid off when judge Lynsee Shaffer-Pullen announced him as champion of the senior showman competition. Grimme, a member of the Hoosier 4-Hers in Russiaville, now advances to the supreme showman competition on Wednesday, where 4-Hers show five species of livestock: swine, beef, horse, goat and sheep.
2:10 p.m., Zach Jackson helps his 2-year-old son, Jayden, stand against the measuring stick next to the Bear Affair ride. This is the first year Jayden will be old enough to go on rides at the fair, accompanied by his parents, and the family took some time Monday before the midway opened to pick out which ones he wanted to try.