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It's starting to look a lot like fair time

July 1, 2011

ARGOS — As July rolls in, there is one thing you can count on in Indiana (besides more rain) — county fairs.
Marshall County is no different, offering fair goers an opportunity to overeat, attend livestock shows, view all of Marshall County 4-H members’ spectacular projects, and much more. Though the fair schedules are available for pick-up in the Extension Office, around Marshall County businesses, and online at www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/marshall, we thought we would give you a sneak peak on the fun that will be happening July 10 to 16 at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Argos.
• Sunday, July 10 — At 5 p.m. this year’s opening ceremonies will kick off with the 4-H fashion revue, giving 4-H members an opportunity to show off the garments they’ve made. Then, at 6:30 p.m. the youth of Marshall County who have been involved in the 4-H project for 10 years will be recognized, STAR Achievers will be presented and the 4-H king and queen will be crowned. After opening ceremonies, be sure to check out the Taste of Marshall County at 7 p.m. in the entertainment tent.
• Monday, July 11 — At 9 a.m. the 4-H meat goat show will take place in the livestock arena, followed at 1 p.m. by the 4-H sheep show and 2 p.m. by the 4-H poultry show. At 5 p.m. the beautiful baby contest will take place; and at 6:30 p.m. the kiddie pedal tractor pull will go on in the entertainment area.
• Tuesday, July 12 — 8 a.m. will kick off the 4-H dairy goat show; and at 10:30 a.m. the 4-H swine show will begin; the antique tractor parade will occur at 7 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 13 — At 8 a.m. the 4-H rabbit show will begin; from 1 to 5 p.m. kids can enjoy unlimited rides at the carnival for $15; 5 p.m. starts the 4-H beef show; and at 7 p.m. the 4-H dog club members will give a demonstration on obedience and agility.
• Thursday, July 14 — 8 a.m. will begin the 4-H dairy show with dairy females, and at 12:30 p.m. the dairy feeder calf show will begin; from 9 a.m. to noon the coconut bake-a-rama check-in will occur; from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. senior day activities will take place; 6 p.m. will start the 4-H pygmy goat obstacle course, and at 8 p.m. will be the youth pig scramble, followed by the battle of the townships.
• Friday, July 15 — At 8 a.m. the 4-H pygmy goat show will begin; at 11 a.m. we’ll have some 4-H fun and games and a watermelon feast; at 1 p.m., the 4-H sweepstakes showmanship contest will occur and the antique tractor pull will start; and at 8 p.m. Hazzard County will perform in the livestock arena. This band is up and coming, so you don’t want to miss out.
• Saturday, July 16 — From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. a swap meet will take place; the 4-H livestock auction begins at 9:30 a.m. and goes till the last animal goes through the ring; 1 to 2 p.m. is check-in for the homemade strawberry ice cream crank-off, with the crank-off starting at 2 p.m.; from 5 to 8 p.m. individuals can pick up their 4-H and open class exhibits. Be sure to come out and enjoy the last day of the fair.
Please keep in mind these are highlights of the days’ activities. Monday through Friday fairgoers can enjoy horse and pony activities, the antique tractor show, or play games and ride rides at the carnival.
Many 4-H clubs and organizations have worked hard to showcase the 4-H program; the hard work and dedication from these organizations brings a great excitement to the fair. The Marshall County 4-H Fairboard has also worked to bring in extra activities and entertainment for you to enjoy.
From rides, to food, to fun, there is something at the Marshall County 4-H Fair for everyone; and with parking at $3 for a single parking or $10 for the week, it may just be the most economical trip you have this summer.
If you have any questions or want a 4-H fair schedule, stop by the Marshall County Extension Office or call 574-935-8545.

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