July 03, 2013Crawford County's annual 4-H fair, straying from its original start date in order to accommodate its first carnival in three years, will kick off Sunday at the Crawford County 4-H Community Park south of Marengo and continue through the following Sunday, July 14.
While the carnival is welcome, its last-minute addition has caused a change of fair dates which, in turn, has resulted in some scheduling complications.
"We are trying our best to please the community and to listen to their suggestions and try to make it a community festival," Monica Stephenson, president of the Crawford County 4-H Council Inc., said.
The number of small carnival businesses is rapidly dwindling, making securing a date difficult due to their packed schedules.
"It's hard to find one that doesn't require a huge deposit and guarantee," Stephenson said.
Most that don't require such arrangements are being taken over by larger companies, making it difficult to find cost-friendly rates. However, the success of small carnivals relies heavily on the attendance of those in the community.
"It's the responsibility of the community to come out and make sure that carnival is profitable," Stephenson said.
Otherwise, a carnival often won't return the next year.
Starting the week's festivities will be a free gospel sing featuring Rebekah Jordan at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the pavilion, followed by the cat and dog shows at 3 and 4, respectively.
Also on Sunday will be check-in for perishable projects from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Clover Room. Livestock check-in will be held at 6 in the livestock barn.
Livestock check-in will continue on Monday morning at 8 in the livestock Barn, with the weigh-in at 9. Perishable project check-in also will continue Monday morning 8 to 9, followed by judging at 10.
4-H Fun Night will begin at 6 p.m. in the tent, followed by the evening's free entertainment, The Strings of Indian Creek, in the pavilion.
The Exhibit Hall will open at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday, closing each night at 9. It will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, the fair's last day. Commercial exhibits will open at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
On Tuesday, all livestock pictures will be taken at 10 a.m. in the livestock barn. Beginning on Tuesday and continuing through Friday, 4-H Science Experiences will feature various projects, from computer science to agriculture, for ages 3 through 18.
Stephenson said this is an attempt at "trying to get more people in the community involved," as 4-H isn't just for gardening experts and livestock owners.
Also on Tuesday, a fashion revue and public speaking will be held in the pavilion at 5 p.m. followed by a horse demonstration at 6 in the livestock barn. The Pretty Baby and Tiny Tot Contest will begin at 7 in the pavilion, the same time as the new ATV drag racing and mud run event in the arena. Rock with Rhonda's Karaoke will end the night's events at 8.
At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the Poultry, Rabbit and Goat Show will start in the livestock barn, followed by a performance from Sarah Wilson in the pavilion at 7. Also at 7, in the arena, will be the Open Truck Mud Run.
The Sheep, Swine and Beef Show will be at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the livestock barn. The Crawford County Junior-Senior High School band will perform in the pavilion at 7, with the Street Legal Truck Pull at the same time in the arena.
At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, in the livestock barn, will be the 4-H senior recognition. Then, at 6, the Horse and Pony Fun Show will be in the horse arena, while the livestock auction will take place in the livestock barn at the same time. The Back Seat Driver Competition will be at 7 in the arena. The event will feature two-person teams attempting to navigate a set course in a golf cart, but the driver will be blindfolded and forced to rely on their passenger's directions. Then, at 8 p.m. in the pavilion, The Breeding Family will perform.
On Saturday, the 4-H Horse and Pony Completion Show will take place at 8 a.m., followed by the car show at 10. At noon will be the Knights Hollow Dagorhir Realm medieval reenactment demonstration next to the pavilion.
At 5 p.m. will be the Little Miss and Master Contest in the pavilion, with the Junior Miss Contest at 6. Other events that evening will include the release of the REMAX hot air balloon, the Amazing Monster Truck Thrill Show in the arena, entertainment by Judith Montgomery and Family in the pavilion, Cow Patty Bingo in the livestock barn and a pedal tractor pull in the pavilion.
The final day of the fair will feature the Jim Ade Memorial Barbecue Cook-off at 1 p.m. behind the Clover Room. At 2 p.m. will be the pie contest in the pavilion, Southern Indiana Regulators in the horse arena and gospel sing featuring Bethann Goldman Mills in the pavilion.
Fair week will wrap up with the pie contest auction at 4:45 p.m. followed by the crowning of Miss Crawford County at 5. Both will be in the pavilion.
Pie Contest Auction, held in the pavilion at 4:45 p.m.
The midway will open at 5 p.m. July 9 through 13.
Due to the fair, the Crawford County Extension Office in English will be closed July 8 through 12.
For more information about the fair, contact Rhonda Crecelius at 267-0900.