Ripley County 4-H Fair set for July 21-27
The feature week of the year for Ripley County 4-H participants is upon us as the Ripley County 4-H Fair kicks off on Sunday, July 21 and runs through Saturday, July 27. Presented by Ripley County 4-H, Ripley County Purdue University Cooperative Extension, and the Ripley County Department of Parks and Recreation, the fair offers something for everyone to see and enjoy.
4-H’ers will begin checking in and entering their respective contests the day before the official fair opening. Then, the 4-H Horse and Pony Show will be the first event of the week, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 21. The 4-H poultry show occurs later in the day at 3:00 p.m., and 4-H projects open to the public at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The grand opening of the fair is set for 6:00 p.m. on the free stage by Shelter #2, where the 4-H junior leader king and queen will be crowned. The 2019 Ripley County queen and court will also be presented at the grand opening.
Monday, July 22 features the dairy, dairy feeder steer, cat, and sheep shows. The annual baby show is set for Monday evening at 5:00 p.m. at the free stage. 4-H Horse and Pony participants will compete again at 6:00 p.m., and will continue in that time slot throughout the week. The Midway also opens on Monday evening from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. The Midway will run at those same times throughout the week.
Tuesday’s contests include the llama and alpaca show and the swine show. The National Pedal Pullers and Racers will compete at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday features both the beef and rabbit shows. The fourth annual Little Miss Pageant is slated for 6:00 p.m. at the free stage on Wednesday night.
Thursday is all about goats, with dairy goat, meat goat, and Pygmy goat shows occurring during the day. Quad and cycle flat drags will entertain motorsports fans in the evening at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 26, brings together winners from all previous livestock shows for a shot at the Supreme Showmanship Contest title, which is to be held at 1:00 p.m. in Show Arena Building #5. Following that, the 4-H livestock auction begins at 3:00 p.m. in the same building. Then, the Horse and Pony contestants will hold an awards ceremony to wrap up their week at 6:30 p.m. in the Equine Center Building #7. Friday night will be topped off with truck drags at 7:00 p.m.
As the fair winds down on Saturday, July 27, attendees will have one more chance to enjoy the sounds of revving engines. The truck and tractor pull will cap off the fair at 7:30 p.m.
Ripley County 4-H will be honoring 30 of their own for being 10-year members in 2019. Those young men and women include: Alyssa Brinkman, Logan Cobler, Lydia Comer, Nolan Dieselberg, Austin Ebinger, Nathan Flaspohler, Bryer Franklin, Wyatt Garner, Lydia Gigrich, Bailey Grunkemeyer, Brooke Heaton, Bailey Hon, Patience Hornberger, Brenden Jeffries, Grace Kraus, Benjamin Krieg, Trent Linville, Ryan McGuire, Trenten Miller, Tyler Myers, Morgan Peetz, Caitlin Polak, Bernard Reen, Jimmy Rennekamp, Kaitlynn Ronnebaum, Autumn Schmaltz, Landon Schwering, Luke Thomas, Melanie Werner, and Zackary Wilburn.
Any boy or girl in grades 3-12 is invited to join Ripley County 4-H. Each “H” is represented in the club’s pledge, which is, “I pledge – my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to greater service, my health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” Interested persons should stop by the Ripley County Extension Office at 525 Beech Street in Osgood for more information about 4-H activities.