FLORA — This year's Western theme at the Carroll County 4-H Fair welcomes visitors to the "Wild Wild Best," where project participants are encouraged to do their best and attendees are invited to celebrate it.
It kicks off with the 4-H Fashion Revue at 7 p.m. today in the show arena of the Carroll County Fairgrounds off of Ind. 18 on Flora's east side. Click to view a full schedule in PDF form of Carroll County 4-H Fair events.
4-H members' clothing projects have already been judged, but tonight is an opportunity for all participants to shine as they present the garments they created to the public.
Chris Chastain is a Horse and Pony Club leader, Monroe Township Club leader and 4-H fair board member with Purdue Extension Carroll County. She said even though sewing has falling out of fashion among younger generations, Carroll County 4-H has actually seen some growth for the project as of late.
It wouldn't be a 4-H fair without all of the barns and competitions featuring rabbits, horses, ponies, llamas, cattle, sheep, goats, poultry and swine.
But there won't just be animals of the large livestock variety. An event calling for pocket pets like hamsters, guinea pigs, snakes, turtles and other smaller animals starts at 8 a.m. July 15 on the north half of the show arena. A cat show, which will include a costume class, starts at 8:30 a.m. July 16 at Pavilion No. 3.
Smaller kids will have an opportunity to show larger animals through a mentor program returning for the second year. Members of Mini 4-H who have signed up for a livestock project will be matched up with an older member who will show them the ropes. After attending a safety meeting, the Mini 4-Her can show that mentor's animal in the ring.