Fair Time in Switzerland County


After a year off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Switzerland County 4-H Fair is set to return beginning this Saturday, July 10th.

  The 2020 fair was held virtually, so everyone is looking forward to the sights and sounds of activity at the fairgrounds next week. The 2021 edition of the Switzerland County 4-H Fair begins this Saturday, July 10th and running through the livestock auction on Saturday evening, July 17th.

  This year’s fair kicked off on Sunday, June27th, with the crowning of this year’s 4-H Fair Queen Annabelle Bear. Annabelle and her court will reign over all of this year’s festivities.

  Here’s a rundown of 2021 Fair Week:

  —  This Saturday, July 10th, Exhibit Hall projects will be checked in between 8 a.m. and noon. There will be no late entries allowed. Saturday afternoon will feature a pizza party and Fun Day for 4-H members only beginning at 12:15 p.m.; and the day will cap off with Horse and Pony contesting at 7 p.m.

  —  The horse and pony pleasure show will be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 11th. From 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, check in will be held for poultry and rabbit exhibits.

  —  On Monday, July 12th, the check in for beef, goat, swine and sheep happens from 8 a.m. until noon; and the dog obedience show will be held at noon. That will be followed by the rabbit show at 5 p.m.; and the Little Miss and Little Mister Contest will be held at 5 p.m.

   —  On Tuesday, July 13th, Livestock pictures and the turn in of record sheets will be going on from 8 a.m. until noon. The Cat Show will be held at 1 p.m., followed by the Pocket Pet Show at 2 p.m. Center Square Baptist Church will again hold its lasagna dinner beginning at 5 p.m., and the Goat Show will be at 5 p.m.

  —  On Wednesday, July 14th,  the Poultry Show will begin at 9 a.m.; and there will be a Mini Fun Day at 1 p.m. The Beef Show will get underway at the show arena at 5 p.m.

  —  Events on Thursday, July 15th gets started with the Sheep Show at 1 p.m.; following by the Swine Show beginning at 6 p.m.

  —  Friday, July 16th, begins with one of the most popular projects, as the Shooting Sports demonstration takes place beginning at 9 a.m. at the Switzerland County Sportsmans Club on Bennington Pike. The dog agility contest will be held on Friday at 2 p.m., followed by the Fashion Revue at 5 p.m. The always popular Baby Contest will also be held on Friday night, beginning at 5 p.m..

  The Johnny Andrew Memorial Pedal Pull will be held at 6 p.m.; while at 7 p.m. that evening “Silly Safari” will present a show, sponsored by the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District.

  —  The final day of the 2021 Fair kicks off on Saturday, July 17th, with the Round Robin Showmanship competition beginning at 8 a.m. That will lead up to the 4-H Livestock Auction at 2 p.m.; and the auction barbecue will start at 4 p.m.

  Projects will be released on Saturday from 5-7:30 p.m.


  The 4-H Exhibit Hall will be open on Monday through Friday from 4-9 p.m.; and on Saturday, July 17th from 2-5 p.m.

  The Commercial Building will be open from Monday through Friday from 5-9 p.m.; and on Saturday, July 17th from noon until 9 p.m.

  The Open Class exhibits sponsored by the county Homemakers Clubs will begin on Wednesday, July 14th with the entering of exhibits from 6-8 p.m.; and exhibits may also be entered on Thursday, July 15th, from 9 a.m. until noon. Exhibits will then be open for public viewing on Thursday, July 15th from 5-9 p.m. and on Friday, July 16th from 5-9 p.m. Open Class projects may be picked up on Saturday, July 17th from 9-11 a.m. 


  For more information on this year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair, call the Purdue Extension office at (812) 427-3152.