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Opinion

July 3, 2013

Celebrate the summer

This is the time of year when Greentown comes alive. A small, quiet town — except during Friday night football games and whenever the high school marching band is practicing — this eastern Howard County community will reverberate with the sounds of the midway, motorcycle races, a demolition derby and nightly musical acts, including a Beatles tribute band.

The Howard County 4-H Fair starts up this weekend, and we encourage you to celebrate summer at one of the state’s largest county fairs.

Used to be, 4-H fairs were about pigs, cows and sows. Today, they’re more about 4-H projects, gardening and arts and crafts.

On Monday, all 4-H exhibits will open at 2 p.m. Midway rides open at 3 p.m., and the Miss Howard County Fair Queen Pageant begins at 8 p.m. at the south grandstand.

Tuesday is Kokomo Tribune Day (you won’t want to miss that!). Poultry, beef and dairy judging begins at 9 a.m. Sheep judging gets underway at 5 p.m.

New this year is the Texaco Country Showdown. Sponsored by WWKI-FM, it’s a talent contest for country vocalists, instrumentalists or bands of seven members or fewer. The contest starts Monday and will continue the rest of the week at 7:30 p.m in the Pioneer Village.

The contest winner advances to the state competition. On the line at that event is a $1,000 prize and the opportunity to advance to one of five regional finals — the last step to the televised national contest.

There will be a lot to do, see and eat, but take time to support Howard County’s 4-H members, our 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds in Mini 4-H, the 100 project leaders and the county’s two dozen 4-H clubs.

Howard County’s first 4-H exhibit was held in Kokomo in 1931. The fair moved to Greentown in 1946 and has been there ever since.

We know money is tight, and many here won’t be leaving town for a summer vacation. But consider treating your family to a day at the fair.

4-H’ers always appreciate the interest and support of the Howard County community.

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