July 9, 2013

Fair favorites

Week at the Cass County fair gets underway


---- — Family, food and fun are just a few of the things that will be at the Cass County 4-H fair this week. Other fan favorites — to name just a few — are livestock shows, a concert, fireworks, lemon shake-ups, and a tractor and truck pull.

Erin Kline, of Fulton County, said her favorite things about the fair are getting the hogs unloaded and socializing.

”It’s great seeing the kids’ hard work pay off,” Kline said. “They work so hard and deserve to be recognized.”

Kline’s children, Cameron and Ashlynn, along with nieces and nephews, are involved in the fair, she said.

Megan Greer, a 15-year-old who has been showing for seven years, is excited about showing livestock. Greer, was with her mother, Leahanne, Logansport, at the fairground Monday. Greer shows cattle and hogs.

”My favorite part of the fair is the cattle show,” Greer said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun and pays off.”

Leahanne said she enjoys watching kids show their animal, and even if they don’t do well, they learn a lot.

For others, it’s all about the food and projects.

Jesse Murdock, a junior at Northwestern High School, was working a booth for the Washington Township 4-H Club with Kim Maxwell-Murdock Monday.

Murdock said he was looking forward to finding out how he did on his drawing project and the elephant ears and lemon shake-ups.

Maxwell-Murdock said her favorite thing is watching her kids. She said the fair is the perfect size because it’s just big enough.

”Cass County is a wonderful community,” Maxwell-Murdock said. “It’s a great place to have kids and grow up.”

Others enjoy looking at the Community Center projects.

Burt Gallaher, Cass County, said he enjoys looking at the photography, paintings. Gallaher said in the past he submitted oil paintings and his daughters were involved in 4-H as well.

”This is a nice fair. It really is,” Gallaher said.

Susan Phillips, of Royal Center, and Gina Nethercutt, of Lake Cicott, sat together Monday. Phillips said she enjoys seeing people during fair week.

She said two of her three children showed rabbits and she enjoyed watching.

Nethercutt, who attended the queen contest, said she enjoyed watching the Little, Junior and Teen Miss contest. She said she also likes walking around, people watching and the merchant buildings.

Four members of the queen court — Claire Crum, Ashley Galbreath, Nicole Korniak and Haley Maxwell — were out Monday collecting lemon shake-ups from the Lewis Cass stand. They each said they were looking forward to various livestock shows, including the sheep, swine, cattle and goat shows. They said they were also looking forward to the country concert Wednesday night.

Other people committed on the Pharos-Tribune Facebook page about what they were looking forward to the most about the fair week.

Kevin Lee Coffin said the concert, while Ashley Scott said watching her niece and cousins show off their livestock.

Alan Sorenson said he was looking forward to the tractor pull, and Victoria French said elephant ears and entering contests in the Merchants Building.

”I won 50 lbs. of horse feed once,” French said. “It was great.”

”What’s not to like about the Cass County fair,” Leanne asked. “A county fair is about as American as it gets.”

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