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June 20, 2013

4-H fair coming to Miami Co.

New events, projects spice up annual event

Editor's note: Organizers say the safety of hogs in the hog mud wrestling event at the Miami County 4-H Fair will be ensured. The event will conclude with winners setting the hogs on bales of straw, then on the ground, not in a barrel.

PERU – What do you get when you bring together a hog, a barrel and a giant pit full of mud?

For starters, you get a big mess. Second, you get a new event at this year’s Miami County 4-H Fair.

It’s called hog mud wrestling and it’s poised to be a big hit with spectators.

Four-person teams attempt to wrestle down a hog and dump it inside a barrel sitting in the middle of the mud pit. Whichever team does this the fastest wins.

If you’re looking for a little less rowdy event, though, there’s plenty of other stuff to do throughout the week-long fair.

The annual fair kicks off Sunday and runs through Saturday, offering lots of activities, music, 4-H projects and food.

“The fair schedule is similar to past ones, but that doesn’t mean it gets old,” said Miami County Extension Director Gary Horner. “There’s lots of good events and lots of fun.”

Extension educator Kimberly Frazier said more than 600 kids enrolled this year to participate in a slew of 4-H projects ranging from cooking, crafts, photography and livestock.

Some new student projects this year give kids a chance to think up rules and regulations for a sport of their own creation.

“We’ve got a world that’s fanatical about sports and this project gives 4-Hers a chance to make up their own,” Frazier said.

Then there’s the new project called “People in My World.” Frazier said students choose a country or culture to study and then create a display documenting it.

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