2017-07-12 / Front Page

Projects, shows food & fun… it’s all at the 4-H Fair

Comet staff report

Livestock shows, 4-H projects, food, fun and free entertainment can all be found at the 2017 Carroll County 4-H Fair. Activities begin Friday and continue throughout the week until the following Friday, July 22.

Back this year is an “Art in the Park” competition. Artists of all ages are encouraged to enter. Artists will be provided a 4-ft. x 8-ft. board to complete their own design (must be tasteful and appropriate). The contest will begin at 1 p.m. Friday. Paint times are 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Judging will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday with winners being announced at 5:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded. Advanced registration is required for participation.

For the kids there will be inflatable obstacle courses Friday through Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. Flora Rotary Club will have a bounce house open from Friday through Thursday. A dunk tank, sponsored by Flora United Methodist Church, will be providing fun from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday. Reddy the Clown will be at the fair on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. New this year is an instrument petting zoo to be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the east end of the Merchants Building.

Mitchell’s Mexican Grill is hosting a taco eating contest Saturday night, starting at 9 p.m., on the stage under the trees by the tennis court. Those interested in participating may enter online.

Mitchell’s & a Movie will follow the taco eating contest at around 9:30 p.m. in the same area. “Secret Life of Pets” is the movie feature. There is no charge.

The Merchants Building is open daily from 5 to 9 p.m.

A 4-H Fair Queen and Princess will be crowned Saturday night. The annual contest begins at 7 p.m. in the show arena.

The Little Miss & Mister Contest is the following night, Sunday, starting at 7 p.m., also in the show arena.

The annual 4-H Parade will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday from Tri-Green Tractor on Clark Street, proceed north on S. Center Street, east on Main Street to the park. This year’s theme is “Heroes in Training.” Parade marshals are Lynn and Claudette Brown.

Bright and early Monday morning during swine checkin, from 4:30 to 8 a.m., Carroll FFA will be serving breakfast from its food trailer near the show arena. The general public is welcome.

The Carroll County Antique Tractor Club will have tractors on display and serve homemade ice cream Monday and Tuesday starting at 7:30 p.m. and have a Tractor Drive on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Cowboy Church Band Monday and Tuesday evenings starting at 7.

Back by popular demand are the Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, who will be demonstrating their craft all day Tuesday on the basketball court, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Carvings will be moved to the new Open Class Building for the silent auction of carvings set to begin Tuesday night after the last carving is finished. The 4 carvings will be moved to the Flowers & Friends windows by Monday, July 24, and silent bidding by email will remain open until Aug. 4.

A Fallen Officer Bloodmobile will take place Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. east of the Merchants Building. All donors will receive a ticket for free entrance to the Indiana State Fair.

Kids may explore all kinds of farm equipment and vehicles at Touch-a-Fleet of Trucks starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot west of the Merchants Building. There is no charge.

Concerts are scheduled in the park Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Frye Family Band will be featured Sunday evening. The Silverado Band will perform on the park stage Monday while StampedE Band will perform from there on Tuesday.

The Cookie Bake-A-Rama on Wednesday is open to anyone, regardless of age. There will be both youth and adult categories. Any type of baked cookie may be entered. Cookies must be entered at 9 a.m. in the Open Class Building. Judging will begin at 10. Winners will be announced immediately following judging. Cash prizes will be awarded.

The Pork BBQ Cook-Off will begin at 9 a.m. in the park. Indiana Packers Company donates the loins and bacon. Pork BBQ Cook-Off tasting will start at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 6:30 p.m. or until the pork is gone. The public can vote for their favorite loin by placing money in containers on the various tables. The cook with the most donations collected at 6:45 p.m. will receive the “Judge’s Choice” award with $100 cash prize donated by IPC. Donations will benefit the 4-H Fair/Extension Service.

Flora Town & Country Baseball is hosting the Semi- State II Baseball Tourney July 12-17 at the park. Games are scheduled each day with the championship game being played Monday at 6 p.m.

4-H livestock shows will take place throughout the week in the show arena. The 4-H Livestock Auction and Livestock Awards will start at 6 p.m. Friday in the show arena. Livestock awards will be presented during the auction.

For project viewing, the 4- H building is open Saturday and Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

The new Open Class Building will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The Harvest of Quilts display will be in the 4-H Building from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Off-duty police officers will be patrolling the grounds courtesy of Flora Community Club and the Antique Tractor Club.

The 2017 fair book is dedicated to the late Carol Jean O’Farrell, who was instrumental in developing and promoting Carroll County’s Mini 4-H program. She also served as a county leader for many years.

A schedule of daily events can be found on pages 6A, 7A and 4B in this week’s Comet.

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