County Fair starts Saturday


It’s fair time in Switzerland County!

The 4-H fair has long been a tradition here in the county, and that tradition continues beginning this Saturday as the 2016 version of the fair kicks off.

There will be a variety of events each night of the fair, culminating with the annual livestock auction, which will be held next Saturday, July 16th; but until then everyone will be able to enjoy horse shows; grandstand entertainment; great food; the annual Johnny Andrew Memorial Pedal Tractor Pull; the Little Miss and Mister contest and the Baby contest; great projects in the Exhibit Hall; some great ice cream from Farm Bureau in the Commercial Building; and the different competitions featuring different animal species going on each night.

One of the new things this year will be a rodeo at the grandstand area on Thursday night, July 14th, which will feature both seasoned riders and novice participants. Kids will be able to try their hand at sheep riding, as well.

Another new feature is a Faith Gathering on Tuesday night, July 12th, when various churches around the area will be singing at the grandstand area beginning at 7 p.m.; and the annual lasagna dinner will be served by the members of Center Square Baptist Church.

Of course the fair is all about the kids, and there will be an inflatable midway available in the evenings; and there will also be ‘pig wrangling’ for everyone’s enjoyment on Friday night, July 15th.

The annual Shooting Sports demonstration has been moved to a new location this year. One of the most popular projects for students in the county, this year the shooting sports demonstration will be held on Friday morning, July 15th at 9 a.m. at the Switzerland County Sportsman’s Club on Bennington Pike.

There will also be shows for pets, from cats to dogs to ‘pocket pets’ – those creepy, crawly animals that bring individuality and fun for kids.

All of this adds up to a great week at the Switzerland County 4-H Fairgrounds, so make plans now to check out all that’s going on each day.


Want to make sure you don’t miss anything? Be sure and save the four-age special pull out found in today’s edition of the newspaper, beginning on page B-3.