Judges spent Thursday afternoon evaluating more than 1,000 4-H projects while 11 young women nearby rehearsed for their big night on stage.
They were among the final preparations for this year’s Tipton County Fair, which starts today and runs through Tuesday.
“We’re ready,” Brian Howell, 4-H youth development extension educator, said Wednesday. “All the animals have pens assigned. The buildings have been set up for 4-H projects.”
Today is the pocket pets, cat and rabbit shows and the dog agility show. And 11 girls will vie for the Miss Tipton County crown tonight at 8 p.m.
This year’s fair will feature all of the mainstays including a tractor pull, talent show, mini 4-H princess revue and livestock auction.
This year they’re also trying to bring in Tipton Community Theater to perform Sunday.
“We want them to come out and do a cabaret-style singing show,” he said.
If that performance doesn’t interest you, there’s probably something at the fair that will, though, he said.
There’s a Battle of the Barn obstacle course for the kids.
“They get messy and wet,” Howell said.
There’s the outdoor chef cook-off, a dairy smoothie contest and hay and straw bale throwing contest.
Kids will have a chance to thrust their parents or other adults into the spotlight during the adult showmanship contest at 6 p.m. Sunday.
4-H members can pay $5 to sign an adult up to show an animal at the fair. If that adult doesn’t want to show an animal, they can pay $20 to get out of it.
The proceeds from the event go toward 4-H scholarships.
Howell said it’s a fun event, and most adults are good sports about it. There are usually 50 adults leading an animal around the ring.
And, of course, there are more than 1,000 4-H projects on display. Many people show up to see those.