By Lindsey Ziliak Kokomo Tribune
---- — 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.
“They’re always a big draw,” he said. “It’s great to see all the work the kids have done.”
Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AT THE FAIR Today 6 to 10 a.m. - Enter 4-H Livestock: Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goats, Horse and Pony, Rabbit, Poultry (Swine & Beef will weigh-in off the trailer) Noon 4-H Pocket Pets Judging: 4-H Building 10:30 a.m. - 4-H Sheep Weigh-In, followed by Goat Weigh-in 1:30 p.m. - 4-H Cat Show, 4-H Building 3:30 p.m. - Mini 4-H Rabbit Show followed by 4-H Rabbit Show, Rabbit Bldg. 4 p.m. - 4-H Queen Pageant Private Interviews 4 to 10 p.m. - Commercial Building Open 5 p.m. - Caroline McKinney, Main Stage 5 p.m. - Tractor & Truck Pull Weigh-In, Tractor Pull Strip 5 p.m. - 4-H Dog Agility Show, Show Arena 6 p.m. - Clover the Clown, South Stage 6 to 6:30 p.m. - Erica Smith, Main Stage 7 p.m. - Truck/Tractor Pull, Tractor Pull Strip 7 p.m. - Opening Ceremony, Main Stage Farm Bureau Tenure Award 4-H Scholarship Presentation EH Scholarship Presentation Kantering Kids Scholarship Presentation Blue Ribbon Chasers Scholarship Presentation Lifetime Achievement 10 Year Member Recognition 8 p.m. 4-H Queen Contest, Main Stage Saturday 7 to 8:30 a.m. - Enter 4-H Foods Projects, 4-H Building 8:30 a.m. - 4-H Horse and Pony Show--All Classes, Horse Arena 9 a.m. - 4-H Foods Judging 9 a.m. - Deadline to sign up for the Foods Auction 9:30 a.m. - Mini 4-H Dog Show, Farm Bureau Building 4-H Dog Show (immediately following the Mini 4-H Show) 10 a.m. - Kids Korner, South Stage Noon - Brass Works, Main Stage Noon to 10 p.m. - Commercial Building Open 1 p.m. - Mini 4-H Poultry Show followed by 4-H Poultry Show, Poultry Bldg. 1 to 1:30 p.m. - Phifer Karate, Main Stage 2 to 5 p.m. - 4-H Foods Auction 3 to 8 p.m. - Hay/Straw Bale Throwing Contest 4 p.m. - Tractor & Truck Pull Weigh-In, Tractor Pull Strip 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Sound Check for Talent Show, Main Stage 6 p.m. - Sr. Showmanship Contest -- All Species, Show Arena 6 p.m. - Tractor/Truck Pull, Tractor Pull Strip 6:30 p.m. - Mini 4-H Princess Revue, Main Stage 8 p.m. - Talent Show, Main Stage