2010 Switzerland County 4-H Fair seeing bigger crowds as it heads into final weekend

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The 2010 Switzerland County 4-H Fair is in full swing, and summer weather and plenty of events and competitions have made the fairgrounds the place to be this week – and the remainder of the week is filled with more.

Events such as bull riding have been popular in the grandstand area; while Grand Champions in poultry, rabbits, swine, and sheep have already been crowned. The beef show is today (Thursday); while judging finishes up tomorrow (Friday), as the dairy show and the goat show are held.

Sunday saw an outstanding horse and pony show in the grandstand area; and local 4-H clubs have also set up booths and displays around the grounds.

Visitors will also want to wander through the Exhibit Hall and see all of the projects that county 4-H members have created; and the Commercial Building features booths by local businesses, along with the Silent Auction and ice cream traditionally served by the Farm Bureau board.

Other commercial booths can be found along the midway leading to the show arena; and the inflatables midway for kids young and old is open tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) night.

Kids can play all night for a $5 bracelet fee each evening.

An old favorite – a greased pig contest – brought fun and a large crowd to the show arena on Tuesday night. Tom Stow and his band of volunteers had several different age groups for the event, and the crowd remained following the swine show and the showmanship judging to watch all of the contestants chase some rather slippery swine around the arena.

After the kids; some good natured adults also took a shot at catching a pig; and Fair Queen Andrea Brogan and her court of Beth Abbott and Chelsea Duvall were also found chasing down some piglets.

Overall this year’s fair is seeing great weather and bigger crowds, and everyone is invited to come out for one or more of the fair’s final three days and enjoy all of the activities.

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Here’s a rundown of the rest this week’s activities:

– Today (Thursday) begins with the cat show at 10 a.m.; and that will be followed by the second annual “Pocket Pet” show, which will feature 4-H members and their pets such as gerbils, hamsters, white mice, snakes, other rodents, and pets like those. The pocket pet show will be held at the Community Building.

At 4 p.m. today is the beef show at the show arena; and that will be followed by the Johnny Andrew Memorial Pedal Tractor Pull for children, which will start near the show arena beginning at 6 p.m.

Over at the grandstands, a ranch sorting competition and demonstration will take place beginning at 7 p.m.; and the meat goat show will begin at the show arena at 7 p.m.

– Tomorrow (Friday) begins with one of the most popular projects in the Switzerland County program: shooting sports. Students who have been involved in shooting sports will compete and give a demonstration at the grandstand area tomorrow morning beginning at 9 a.m.; and those in attendance will get to see children competing in archery, pistol, rifle, shot gun, and muzzleloaders.

At the end of the demonstration, parents and others in attendance are allowed to try their hand with the different areas, all under the supervision of the shooting sports staff.

The dairy show will then be held at the show arena beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow; and the dairy goat show will be held at 2:30 p.m.

The Switzerland County High School cross country team is hosting its third annual cornhole tournament beginning at 6 p.m.; and there will also be a turkey calling contest beginning at 6 p.m.

Tomorrow will wrap up with truck drags beginning at 7 p.m. at the grandstands.

– The fair finishes its run on Saturday, but it closes with a day filled with activities.

The Round Robin Showmanship competition will be held at the show arena beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning; and the open exhibit garden show exhibit will be held from 2-5:30 p.m.

The auction barbecue will begin for buyers at 3 p.m.; and the annual livestock auction, which last year brought in more than $86,000, then gets started at 4 p.m.; and 4-H projects will be released from the exhibit hall from 7-10 p.m.

Over at the grandstands, a demolition derby will be held beginning at the conclusion on the livestock auction.

Make plans now to come out and enjoy the 2010 Switzerland County 4-H Fair.