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7/17/2014 3:00:00 PM
Over 900 projects checked into Exhibit Hall as 2014 Fair gets underway
Nearly 300 4-H members turned in over 900 projects for judging on Saturday, including Dakota Richards of the 4-H Rockers club.
Nearly 300 4-H members turned in over 900 projects for judging on Saturday, including Dakota Richards of the 4-H Rockers club.
Exhibit Hall projects for this year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair were checked in on Saturday morning as the week-long series of events got underway. With 90 different project areas for 4-H members to choose from, some of the projects were pretty unique — and needed some teamwork to bring in for judging.
Exhibit Hall projects for this year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair were checked in on Saturday morning as the week-long series of events got underway. With 90 different project areas for 4-H members to choose from, some of the projects were pretty unique — and needed some teamwork to bring in for judging.

This year's Switzerland County 4-H Fair is in full swing, and in addition to all of the livestock judging going on around the show arena; and the events happening at the grandstands - there are many other projects that come from the hard work of county 4-H members.

In the Exhibit Hall near the Community Building on the fairgrounds, visitors can wander through and see more than 900 projects that 4-H members here created and presented for judging. All of those projects were officially entered into the fair on Saturday morning as the week-long festivities kicked off.

"We have more exhibit hall projects this year, and it seems that the quality is just phenomenal," extension educator Peg Ehlers said. "It seems that the 4-Hers have taken a great deal of time, and that they've certainly done just a phenomenal job with the quality of their projects."

The 900 projects in the building this year come from a combination of the talents of 48 Mini 4-H participants and 240 regular 4-H members. All of the regular 4-H members have at least one project in the Exhibit Hall. If a 4-H member wants to show an animal in the livestock arena, they are required to also have at least one Exhibit Hall project, but usually they have more.

"There are a lot of skills in those projects, and also career development," Peg Ehlers said.

There are many different areas that a 4-H member can pursue, from aerospace to woodworking.

"We have an option of over 90 areas from our members to select from," Peg Ehlers said.

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The 4-H Exhibit Hall will be open today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) from 4-9 p.m.; and on Saturday from 2-6:30 p.m.

The Commercial Building will be open today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) from 5-9 p.m.; and on Saturday from noon until 9 p.m.

There is no Main Gate entry fee this year, so everyone can come and enjoy the fair every night.

At the grandstand: There will be truck drags tonight (Thursday), and admission is $5; a sanctioned truck and tractor pull tomorrow (Friday) night with an admission fee of $10; and the mud run this Saturday is $10 with a $15 pit pass available.

Children ages five and under are free, with the exception of the pit passes for the mud run; and registration begins at 5 p.m. for all events.

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Here's a rundown of the final three days of the 2014 Switzerland County 4-H Fair:

-  The cat show kicks off events today (Thursday), beginning at 10 a.m.; followed by the Pocket Pet Show at noon.

The beef show will be held beginning at 4 p.m. today (Thursday); with a volleyball tournament beginning at 7 p.m. The meat goat show and dairy goat show will be held at the show arena at 7 p.m. tonight; and the truck drags will be held at the Grandstand at 7 p.m.

-  Tomorrow (Friday) begins with one of the most popular projects, as the Shooting Sports demonstration takes place at the grandstand area beginning at 9 a.m. Over at the show arena, the dairy show begins at 1 p.m.; and the sheep show will be held at 2:30 p.m. A Fun Horse Show, which is for 4-H members only, will be held at 5:30 p.m.; and "Silly Safari" will present a show at 7 p.m.

At 7 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) evening, there will be a sanctioned truck and tractor pull will be held at the grandstand area, sponsored by Switzerland County Tourism.

-  The final day of the 2014 Fair kicks off this Saturday when the Round Robin Showmanship competition is held at and around the show arena beginning at 10 a.m. At 3 p.m. the annual auction barbecue is held at the shelter house near the show arena; and the 4-H Livestock auction will be held beginning at 4 p.m.

Over at the grandstands, the mud run will begin at 7 p.m.; and 4-H projects will be released from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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This year's 4-H Banquet will be held on Friday, August 15th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information on this year's fair, contact the Purdue Extension Service at (812) 427-3152.





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