7/18/2013 3:00:00 PM Plenty of creativity on display in the Exhibit Hall at the fair
Kobe Chatham checks in his bell peppers that he grew as part of his vegetable project at this year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair. Photo by Rosemary Bovard
Approximately 700 projects were checked in on Saturday morning for this year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair. Here Erin Brockman and Claire Brockman show off their original artwork. The exhibit hall is open nightly through this Saturday. Photo by Rosemary Bovard.
There is plenty of activity at the fairgrounds during this week's Switzerland County 4-H Fair, and while many 4-H members are busy caring for their animals around the show arena, there are plenty of other projects on display at the Exhibit Hall.
Tanya Pike from the Switzerland County Purdue Extension Service said that there were approximately 700 projects checked in by county 4-H members on Saturday morning.
Those projects cover 58 different project categories.
Tanya Pike said that 4-H members who have livestock projects are also required to have at least one project on display in the Exhibit Hall in order to be eligible to sell at the livestock auction on Saturday.
Although many of the Exhibit Hall projects are presented for judging by 4-H members who are also showing animals in the livestock arena, Tanya Pike said that she would estimate about 15-percent of the projects are done by 4-H members who don't have an animal to exhibit.
For students who live in town or do not have access to housing the caring for a live animal project, the Exhibit Hall projects provide the opportunity for those students to display their talents in a wide variety of areas, from cake decorating to models to photography to woodworking.
"We hope people come and look around the Exhibit Hall," Ginger Furnish of Purdue Extension said as she sat in the Exhibit Hall on Monday night. "There are so many creative projects. You can tell that the kids really put a lot of time into them."
The winners of Exhibit Hall projects have been announced; and visitors to the fair may tour the Exhibit Hall today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) from 4-9 p.m.; and also on Saturday from 2-6:30 p.m.