Battle of the Townships debuts at 4-H fair

ARGOS — 4-H members will have a chance to defend their township in a contest Thursday on the Marshall County 4-H fairgrounds. Battle of the Townships, a new event at the fair, begins immediately following the pig scramble at 8 p.m. in the show arena.
“I think it will be interesting, I think it will be a lot of fun,” said Geri Newman, who suggested the event after seeing at similar game at the Pulaski County fair.
Teams will be made up of 10 members, with at least one first year member and one 10 year member, said Newman. At least four female and at least four male members are required, to prevent the contest from turning into a “boys vs. girls” battle. The teams will then use their combined skill to navigate obstacle courses and compete in minute-to-win-it style challenges.
“They are going to be doing it as a unit,” said Newman, adding that the competition will hopefully encourage teamwork among the members.
Newman said that one potential situation could be that a team has go through an obstacle course together with one member designated to carry a special object like an egg or a ball. The team member clutching the object would not be allowed to touch the ground, requiring his teammates to carry him through the obstacle course.
Newman said that in addition to the 4-H teams, she would like to see an adult team comprised of any 4-H leaders or volunteers who are interested.
“They may go against the winning kid’s team,” said Newman.
4-H members or adults interested in competing must sign up at the fair office on the fairgrounds by Wednesday at noon.
Although this is the first year for the battle, Newman is confident that participation will be high.
“I think we will have a nice turnout—it’s the first year and I think it will grow stronger as we go,” said Newman.
Spectators are welcome at the event as well.
“We encourage people to come, sit and watch, and participate in (the contest)” said Newman.