FLORA — The state’s No. 1 county for hog production will see nearly 300 hogs entered into its 4-H county fair show next week.
The Carroll County Fair opens Saturday at the county fairgrounds, located at the Flora Community Park at Main Street and 50 East in Flora.
“A lot of our 4-H’ers raise hogs because their parents raise hogs, and others do it just for fun,” said Carroll County Extension Educator Joanne Lytton — adding up to 297 hogs in all. Some 140 of the county’s approximately 650 4-H’ers also entered shooting sports and a similar number entered photography projects this year, the largest two projects to be on display in the fair’s project building.
The Carroll County 4-H Fair Queen contest will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday in the show arena. This year, the contest has been split into two age groups: About six contestants will compete in the princess age division, 15 to 17 years old, and another six have registered for the queen’s division, ages 17-20.
However, the fun doesn’t stop there. Monday brings the dog agility contest, the llama show and a fire truck pull slated to take place in the midway.
“It’s just kind of a fun night,” Lytton said. The dog show, including the agility contest, begins at 9 a.m. The llama show and the fire truck pull start at 6 p.m.
During the llama show, 4-H’ers will try to show judges just how calm their llamas can remain while being dressed up — some in hats and feather boas.
“Part of training your llama is to desensitize it to somebody touching it,” explained Lytton. The llama show also includes an obstacle course with the llama and a driving course.
The fire truck pull is basically a tug-of-war between people and a fire truck, Lytton said — though the fire truck’s engine stays silent.
Other highlights include a new community worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, the Harvest a Quilt show Tuesday in the project building and the showmanship competitions — small animal showmanship will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and beef, sheep and swine showmanship will be 7 p.m. Thursday.
Lytton said one thing won’t be a worry this year — there’s plenty of rain to keep the grass from becoming a fire hazard.
“I’m not worried about my rocket launch this year,” she said. “Last year I had to cancel it because of the drought. This year, as long as it’s not raining, it’ll come off.”
The rocket launch will involve 4-H’ers sending off their aerospace projects into the skies above the fair and is slated to take place around noon Thursday in the horse arena.
Nightly community dinners are also on the docket, in keeping with other family-themed events.
“They come to see the kids and whatever family and friends are doing,” explained Lytton, noting that there are no carnival rides. “The neat thing about the Carroll County Fair — if you haven’t been there — it’s a family deal.”
“I think fair will be a lot of fun,” Lytton added. “And hopefully it will cool off a little bit with this lovely rain we’re having.”
Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-732-5151.
Carroll County Fair highlights For a full schedule of events, visit www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/carroll Saturday 7 p.m.: Carroll FFA pedal tractor pull, basketball court 7 p.m.: 4-H Queen contest, show arena Sunday 2 p.m.: Parade 7 p.m.: Little Miss and Mister contest, show arena Monday 9 a.m.: 4-H dog show, show arena 6 p.m.: Llama/alpaca show, show arena 6 p.m.: Fire truck pull, midway Tuesday 1-9 p.m.: Harvest of Quilts show, home and family arts building; show continues through Thursday Wednesday 1:30 p.m.: 4-H Small Animal Premier Showmanship, show arena 2:30 p.m.: Scale motorized tractor/truck pull, show arena Thursday 7:30 a.m.: 4-H swine show, show arena 11 a.m.: Pork BBQ cook-off begins, park Noon: 4-H model rocket launch, horse arena 7 p.m.: Royal Showmanship contest, show arena Friday, July 19 6 p.m.: 4-H livestock auction