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.