2018-07-11 / Front Page

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

Comet staff report

The 2018 Carroll County 4- H Fair will feature livestock shows, 4-H projects, food, entertainment, antique tractors and fun for the whole family. Activities begin Friday and continue throughout the week until the following Friday, July 20.

New this year is KMA dirt drag racing at the new pull arena, sponsored by the Flora Community Club. There will be a $5 admittance charge to the Thursday night event.

Also new is the Carroll County Ninja Challenge, sponsored by the Carroll County Community Center and Community Club. Fun runs and time trials for the challenging obstacle course begin Saturday and continue through Tuesday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Finals night, Wed., July 18, is when the five fastest competitors from each age bracket compete for “Ninja” title and prize money. Finals will begin at 7:30 p.m. There are four age brackets: boys and girls ages 14 and under and men and women ages 15 and older. Cost is $1 per fun or practice run and $5 per each timed entry run. Participants must sign a waiver and parental consent is required for anyone under age 18. There is no charge to watch.

Rugged Xscape’s popular mini escape game called Hot Seat will be set up in the Merchants Building.

Other displays of interest will be an inflatable educational walk-thru by the Soil & Water Conservation District in the Merchants Building, a mobile ag classroom by Ivy Tech on July 18 from 5 to 8 p.m., and robotics demonstrations by Carroll students.

Carroll County Extension Homemakers are sponsoring a new “horse race” event to benefit the Purdue Cancer Research Center. It will take place Thursday, July 19, at 6:15 p.m. in the roadway between the show ring and the Open Class Building. Attendees are encouraged to support their favorite jockey - Eric Johnson, Dave Lambert, Sam Moffitt, Steve Nichols, Bill Shidler and Scott Wagoner - by donating money for cancer research. Make pledges in honor or memory of someone through any Extension Homemaker or at the fair.

For the kids there will be an inflatable obstacle course west of the Merchants Building Friday through Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. In the same area, the Indiana National Guard will have a rope obstacle course Tuesday through Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The Flora Rotary Club bounce house will be open Friday through Thursday evenings from 5 to 9. A dunk tank, sponsored by Carroll County E911, will be providing fun from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Also Tuesday evening, there will be a free kid’s pedal tractor obstacle course

Kids will have the opportunity to experience and explore equipment and vehicles at Touch-a-Fleet of Trucks on Tuesday, starting at 5 p.m. in the parking lot west of the Merchants Building. There is no charge.

Music is planned in the park - Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Christian music, and Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., StampedE.

Mitchell’s Mexican Grill, Delphi, is hosting a taco eating contest Friday night, July 13, 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. “Charlotte’s Webb” is the movie feature. There is no charge.

An “Art in the Park” contest will be held Friday from 1 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists of all ages are encouraged to enter. Judging will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday with winners being announced afterwards. Cash prizes will be awarded. Face painting will be offered Monday and Tuesday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Reddy the Clown will be at the fair on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be an instrument petting zoo open on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Merchants Building is open daily from 5 to 9 p.m. as is the 4-H building.

The 4-H show arena is the site for more than the livestock shows. The Fashion Revue is there this Friday evening starting at 7. A 4-H Fair Queen and Princess will be crowned the following night, Saturday.

Also at 7 p.m. Saturday, the Carroll FFA Pedal Tractor Pull begins at the basketball court.

The annual 4-H Parade will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday. The route begins at Tri-Green Tractor on Clark Street, proceeds north on S. Center Street, and then east on Main Street to the park. This year’s theme is “Ride the Wave to Success.” Parade marshals are Mike and Beth Wilcox.

The 4-H Bicycle Rodeo has a new day – Sunday – at 4 p.m. Check-in is from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m.

The Little Miss & Mister Contest is that night starting at 7 in the show arena.

The Carroll County Antique Tractor Club will have tractors on display and serve homemade ice cream Monday and Tuesday evenings starting at 7:30 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.

A 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.

The Harvest of Quilts display will be in the Home & Family Arts Building from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

The Open Class Cookie and Cupcake Bake-A-Rama on July 18 is open to all ages. Any type of baked cookie or cupcake (no mixes) may be entered. There is a $2 fee per entry. Cookies must be entered between 7-8 p.m. Tuesday in the 4-H building or between 9-10 a.m. Wednesday in the Home & Family Arts Building. Judging will begin at 10. Winners will be announced immediately following judging. Cash prizes will be awarded. For contest rules, pick up a copy of the 4- H book or contact the sponsor, Carroll County Extension Homemakers.

The Pork BBQ Cook-Off will begin at 9 a.m. July 19 in the park. Indiana Packers Company donates the loins and bacon. Pork BBQ Cook- Off tasting will start at 5:30 p.m. and continues 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 “People’s Choice” award with a $100 cash prize donated by IPC. Donations will benefit the 4-H Fair/Extension Service.

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. Livestock awards will be presented during the auction.

For project viewing, the 4- H building is open, July 14- 20: 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.

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

The 2018 fair book is dedicated to the late Mary Susan Brown, who supported 4-H and the Carroll County Fair her entire life, and the late Maurice Robeson, a lifelong Carroll County farmer and founding member of the Carroll County Agriculture Association. Additional information on the honorees may be found in the 4-H fair books.

A schedule of daily events can be found on pages 6A, 7A and 10A in this week’s Comet.

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