By Carson Gerber Kokomo Tribune
---- — 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.
She said she isn’t aware of any other 4-H program in the area that has a project like this one.
Frazier said one of the highlights at the fair for her personally is the crazy cookie contest, where anyone can pay a small fee to enter one of their wild cookie concoctions.
“We have some very zealous cookie bakers out there, so it’s always pretty competitive,” she said. “It’s a fun contest.”
Money raised at the event goes towards a program that provides books to children, she said.
Frazier said she anticipates thousands to swarm to the fairgrounds this year for nightly concerts, shows and demolition derbies.
“It actually seems like millions come, but I’m sure it’s not that crazy,” she said with a laugh. “It’s an awesome time. We’re always exhausted by the end of it, but it’s always worth it.
“There’s literally something for everyone at this fair, so come on out,” Frazier said.
Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go: What: Miami County 4-H Fair When: Sunday through June 29 Where: Miami County Fairgrounds, 1029 W. 200 North, Peru Cost: Free 4-H Fair Schedule: Sunday 6 p.m.: Opening Vespers service with Rev. Bob Clark at Miami County Community Building. Ice cream social follows. Monday 6:00 a.m. to noon: 4-H livestock entered Noon to 6 p.m.: 4-H horse and pony entered 8 to 10 a.m.: 4-H building projects entered 10:30 a.m.: 4-H project building is open for judging 2 p.m.: Poultry judging at poultry barn 3 p.m.: Guinea pig judging at small animal barn 5 p.m.: Rabbit judging at rabbit barn 5 p.m.: Carnival rides open 6 p.m.: Dog show at show arena 6 p.m.: Horse/pony contest at horse arena 7 p.m.: Kiddie Pedal Pull at west end 6 to 9 p.m.: "Swampwater Stompers" band at activity tent 7:30 p.m.: Miss Miami County pageant at community building 7:30 p.m.: "Night of Destruction" at grandstands Tuesday 8:30 a.m.: Swine judging at show ring 3 p.m.: Cat judging at activity tent 5 p.m.: Carnival rides open 5:30 p.m.: Hot lap practice at Miami County Speedway 6 p.m.: Goat judging at show ring 6 p.m.: Pizza eating contest at activity tent 6:30 p.m.: Sprint cars at grandstands 7 p.m.: Fashion revue at community building 7:30 p.m.: "God Country" band at activity tent 8 p.m.: Lutheran air-helicopter Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon: Open flower show entered 9 a.m.: Beef judging at show ring 10 a.m.: Crazy cookie contest at community building 5 p.m.: Carnival rides open 6 p.m.: Sheep judging at show ring 6 p.m.: Indiana Garden Tractor Pullers Association pull weigh-in at north arena 7 p.m.: Miami County Clogging Clovers at activity tent 7 p.m.: Indiana Garden Tractor Pullers Association pull 7:30 p.m.: Dirt Drags at grandstands Thursday 8 a.m.: Horse and pony pleasure show at north arena 9:30 a.m.: Dairy judging at show ring 5 p.m.: Carnival rides open 6 p.m.: Antique tractor parade 6:30 p.m.: 4-H graduation ceremony at community building 6:30 p.m.: Cheer and dance competition 7 p.m.: Lawnmower races at north arena 7:30 p.m.: Royal showman contest at Show Ring 7:30 p.m.: Hog mud wrestling at grandstands 8 p.m.: "Cook & Belle" band free concert 8 p.m.: Horse and pony fun class at horse arena Friday 6 a.m. to noon: 4-H livestock released 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Crazy cookie silent auction at project building 2 p.m.: Greased watermelon contest 2:30 p.m.: 4-H fun time machinery field 5 p.m.: Carnival rides open 6 p.m.: Pet parade at show ring 6:30 p.m.: Livestock sale at show ring 7 p.m.: "Peru Circus Festival Band" at activity tent 7:30 p.m.: Talent show at community building 7:30: Demolition derby at grandstands Saturday 8 to 10 a.m.: 4-H building projects released 1 p.m.: Mini 4-H livestock exhibition at show ring 4 p.m.: Little Miss/Little Mister contest at community building 5 p.m.: Open rabbit show check-in at rabbit barn 6 p.m.: Rabbit show at rabbit barn 7:30 p.m.: Demolition derby at grandstands