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Fun time at the fair

August 14, 2013
I have a simple way to judge whether a community event is a success: Did I have fun? By that standard, this year's Crawford County 4-H Fair was a success.

After a down year in 2012, the fair bounced back. While it still has a ways to go to get to where the 4-H Council wants it to be, this year's fair, which was July 7 through 14, definitely was a step in the right direction. If there were any complaints, they were unfounded.

Even during the down years, the livestock part of the fair has been excellent, and this year was no exception. The 4-Hers again did an excellent job of presenting their sheep, swine, goats, chickens, cattle and other animals.

Eleven-year-old Lydia Riddle has a dance partner as her lamb rears up against her during the sheep show. Photo by Wade Bell
However, what was different about this year's fair was what took place outside of the livestock barn. According to many, the main problem has been the lack of a carnival, and, even though this year's midway wasn't packed every night, it did create a buzz. There's just something about the sights and sounds of a carnival that adds to a county fair.

While there wasn't a demolition derby, as it costs money that the 4-H Council doesn't currently have, organizers must be credited for trying some new things. The truck tug was a hit, as was the open truck mud run. Even the seven Miss Crawford County contestants had a little bit of fun in the mud.

The mini monster trucks also brought a good size crowd to the arena stands. However, it was the one full-sized monster truck that really had the crowd excited. I don't care who you are, it's always fun to watch a really large truck crush junk cars.

Yet, it may have been the REMAX hot air balloon on Saturday night that may have been the most popular attraction as a steady crowd of people of all ages waited for their chance to take flight above the fairgrounds. Hopefully, REMAX's Becky Higgins will be able to schedule the balloon for even more nights at next year's fair.

The Pretty Baby, Tiny Tot and Little Miss and Master contests were as cute as ever, and the Junior Miss Pageant displayed some very poised and talented young ladies.

The crowning of Miss Crawford County was an appropriate way to cap off the fair. The pageant featured seven young women, each of whom would have made a terrific queen. However, only one could be awarded the title, and Jessa Ward, a 2012 graduate of Crawford County Junior-Senior High School, is sure to be an excellent representative of the county at the Indiana State Fair.

If you didn't make it to this year's Crawford County 4-H Fair, you missed out. It was a lot of fun and, in my book, a success. And it's only going to get better and better.

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