It’s Fair Time in Switzerland County!


The 2019 edition of the Switzerland County 4-H Fair begins this Saturday, July 6th and running through the livestock auction on Saturday evening, July 13th.

  This year’s fair was highlighted with the crowning of this year’s 4-H Fair Queen last Thursday night, as Hailey Dornbusch will reign over this year’s festivities along with her court.

  Also highlighting this year’s fair is the return of carnival rides, provided by Derby City Amusements. The rides take the place of grandstand events this year, with many of the rides being located in the grandstand area. Fairboard members hope that the return of amusement rides will attract more visitors to this year’s fair, and bring back that “old time fair” feeling for the entire county.

  Rides will be open Wednesday, July 10th through Friday, July 12th from 5-10 p.m.; and on Saturday, July 13th from 4-10 p.m. Cost is $1.50 per ticket; or all you can ride bands for one day are $20.

  Other fair events got going this past Monday, July 1st, when the Fashion Revue was held in the Community Building. There are also no gate entry fees this year, so it’s a great week to bring the family to the fair each and every night.

  Here’s a rundown of 2019 Fair Week:

  —  This Saturday, July 6th, 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 12:30 p.m.; and the day will cap off with Horse and Pony contesting at 4 p.m.

  —  The horse and pony pleasure show will be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 7th. From 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, check in will be held for poultry and rabbit exhibits.

  —  On Monday, July 8th, the check in for beef, goat, 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 sponsored by Hilltop Basic Resources at 5 p.m.; and the Johnny Andrew Memorial Pedal Tractor Pull will be held at 6 p.m..

  At the Community Building, the Little Miss and Little Mister Contest will be held at 6:30 p.m.

   —  On Tuesday, July 9th, Livestock pictures 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 Sheep Show sponsored by JAM Construction will be at 6 p.m.

  —  On Wednesday, July 10th,  the Poultry Show sponsored by the Eye Care Group will begin at 9 a.m.; and there will be a Mini Fun Day at noon. Olive Branch Baptist Church will hold a pulled pork dinner in the Community Building beginning at 5 p.m.; and the Beef Show sponsored by Purvis Farms will get underway at the show arena at 5 p.m. Froggy Radio will be at the fair on Wednesday night from 5-8 p.m.; and the night will cap off with the always popular Baby Contest beginning at 6:30 p.m.

  —  In a scheduling change, Thursday, July 11th gets started with the Swine check in from 7-10 a.m.; with all livestock record sheets due between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The dairy show will be held on Thursday beginning at 1 p.m.; with the Goat Show at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Vevay Switzerland County Foundation.

  —  Friday, July 12th, begins with swine auction pictures being taken from 8-10 a.m.; and 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 Swine Show sponsored by Kelso Builders at 6 p.m. 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 2019 Fair kicks off on Saturday, July 13th, 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 13th from 2-5 p.m.

  The Commercial Building will be open from Monday through Friday from 5-9 p.m.; and on Saturday, July 13th from noon until 9 p.m.


  The annual 4-H Achievement Banquet will be held on Friday, August 2nd, beginning at 6 p.m.

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