Switzerland County 4-H Fair kicks into high gear with days filled with events and fun

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The 2005 Switzerland County 4-H Fair is officially underway, and so far the weather has cooperated for some wonderful days at the fairgrounds.

The fair still runs until Saturday night, and organizers are hoping that the end of the week sees the fairgrounds filled with large crowds for all of the events. From the Exhibit Hall to the amusement rides to the show arena and grandstand events, the final three days of the fair have got activities for every interest.

The fairboard worked hard to secure amusement rides for this year’s fair after not having rides last year, and everyone is invited to come down to the fairgrounds tonight (Thursday) for a bracelet night for those young and old who want to ride on the rides. Everyone purchasing a bracelet for $10 will be able to ride all of the rides as much as they would like tonight, and single ride tickets will also be available. The rides will continue through the end of the fair on Saturday night.

Rides will be operating tonight and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday) from 6-11 p.m.; and on Saturday from 3 p.m. until midnight.

There is also be a full calendar of grandstand events going on through the rest of the week, and there will be something going on every night that will interest people of all ages.

All grandstand events are $7 for ages six and over; and pit passes will be available for $10 for ages 16 and over.

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Here’s a rundown of this year’s events at the Switzerland County 4-H Fair:

— Today (Thursday) is the day that the participants in the Switzerland County Mini 4-H program have their Fun Day, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. The beef show will follow in the show arena, beginning at 1 p.m.; and at 4:30 p.m. the cat show will be held at the Community Building. The meat goat show will begin at the show arena at 5:30 p.m., and the kiddie pedal tractor pull will be held at 6 p.m. that evening. Don’t forget that it’s also “bracelet night” for the amusement rides, with everyone being able to purchase a bracelet for $10 that entitles them to unlimited rides tonight only.

Tonight at the grandstand will feature the truck drags, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.

— Tomorrow (Friday), there will be a demonstration by the participants in the shooting sports program at the grandstand beginning at 9 a.m. The dairy show will begin at 1 p.m. at the show arena; and the tractor driving contest will be held at the grandstand.

The dairy goat show will begin at the show arena at 5:30 p.m.; and the grandstand event on Friday will feature an antique tractor pull beginning at 6 p.m.

— This year’s fair will conclude on Saturday, when the day kicks off with the Round Robin Showmanship event starting in the show arena at 10:30 a.m. The awards program for exhibit hall winners will be held in the Community Building at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m. the annual barbecue that precedes the livestock auction will begin at the shelter house near the show arena.

The livestock auction will begin at 4 p.m. that evening, and many buyers are expected at the event.

The grandstand events will conclude with the ever-popular mud run beginning at 8 p.m.

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For more information about this year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair, call the Purdue Cooperative Extension office at 427-3152.