There’s plenty to do at this year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair

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This year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair is underway, but there’s still plenty of activities happening at the fair before everything wraps up with the livestock auction and mud run on Saturday night.

Here’s a look at what’s going on for the rest of the week:

- TODAY (THURSDAY): Today kicks off with the Mini 4-H Fun Day, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at the grandstand area. This event is open to all members of the county’s Mini 4-H program.

The cat show begins at 1 p.m. today in the community building; with the beef show starting at the show arena at 4 p.m.

The kiddie tractor pull is a popular activity for children, and it will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Go-carts will be racing at the grandstands at 6 p.m.; and the meat goat show begins at 7 p.m. in the livestock arena.

- TOMORROW (FRIDAY): Shooting Sports, one of the most popular areas of the local 4-H program, will hold a demonstration at the grandstands beginning at 9 a.m. Following the completion of the event for the members, those in the audience will be invited to come down and learn about the different firearms and archery exhibits.

The dairy show begins at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the show arena; while the dairy goat show follows that at 2:30 p.m.

At the grandstands, an antique tractor pull will begin at 6 p.m.; and there will be a dance for 4-H members and their guests in the community building beginning at 6:30 p.m.

- SATURDAY: The final day of the Switzerland County 4-H Fair is a big one, beginning with the Round Robin Showmanship competition beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the show arena.

During the week a senior showman is named for each species at the fair, and during the Round Robin event those winners compete against each other to see who knows the most about all of the other species, as well.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday the Awards Program will be held in the community building for all of the exhibit hall project winners.

The annual 4-H barbecue begins at the shelter house near the show arena at 3 p.m., with the Switzerland County Lions Club serving dinners to the hungry crowd.

That will be followed by the Livestock Auction, which is slated to begin at 4 p.m.

Members of 4-H clubs may pick up their projects from the exhibit hall from 6:30-10 p.m. on Saturday; and again on Sunday from noon until 2 p.m.

The Mud Run, one of the most popular grandstand events, will begin at the grandstands on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

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Admission to the Switzerland County 4-H Fair is free, thanks to a group of sponsors each evening. There is a $7 admission fee for grandstand events for everyone ages six and up; while children age five and under are admitted free.

Everyone should take the time to see all of the projects that are located in the Exhibit Hall. Exhibit Hall hours are from 4-9 p.m. today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday); and are from 2-6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The commercial building is open today and tomorrow from 5-9 p.m.; and on Saturday from noon until 9 p.m.