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First Crawford Youth Expo gets underway Sunday

July 03, 2019
The inaugural Crawford County Youth Expo, July 7 through 14, promises something for everyone.

Sponsored by the Crawford County Community Park, the Youth Expo, at the park south of Marengo, will look a lot like the 4-H fairs of the past. That's because the people involved are many of the same who, as part of the Crawford County 4-H Club Council which Purdue University, which oversees the 4-H program, disassociated with earlier this year, helped organize those events.

The week will feature an open class show, with ribbons and prizes awarded, including for Best in Show, for children ages 3 through 21 exhibiting animals and submitting projects in various categories.

Animal offerings will include beef, beef dairy, cats, dogs, goats, horses and ponies, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine. There also will be several non-animal projects available for exhibit, including in the following categories: Arts and Crafts, Animal Science, Gardening, Kitchen Science, Natural Resources, Sports Education and Vocational Education.

Divisions will include Pewee (ages 3 and 4), Beginner (5 to 8), Intermediate (9 through 12), Senior (13 to 16) and Advanced (17 to 21).

Children in the Pewee age group can show animals in either the non-competitive Barnyardigans show, the open class competition or both.

"They can show in the Barnyardigans show as kind of like an opener to the week, and then, say they have a goat or something, they can show in the goat show alongside any age from 3 to 21," Mahala Morgan said. "Then, they also have the option to be able to sell that animal in the auction (on Friday, July 12, at 6 p.m.), if that's their own animal, which was different from previous years."

Since the Youth Expo isn't affiliated with 4-H, projects won't advance to the Indiana State Fair in August. However, age-eligible participants exhibiting livestock can compete in the open class division at the state fair.

Persons older than 21 also will be able to get in on the display project fun as there will be an Adult Open Class Show for those wanting to try their hands at things like gardening and photography.

Speaking of photography, the Youth Expo will host an old barn photography contest open to all Crawford County residents, with the top 12 submissions to be included as part of a calendar that will be sold as a fundraiser for future events. The 11-by-14-inch photos must feature a Crawford County barn and be displayed in a salon style mat. Entries should be brought to the Youth Expo on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those attending the animal shows will notice something a bit different from similar events. Instead of adults doing the announcing, Youth Expo participants will be behind the microphone.

"It's their expo," Morgan said, explaining the decision to put the kids in the spotlight.

Youth Expo organizers are also excited about offering a full slate of events just for participants and their families. For example, meals will be served and there will be special activities, including a bonfire and hayride, Barnyard Olympics, a Hawaiian theme day where pens in the livestock barn will be decorated, and an animal pageant, where kids will dress up their livestock, with members of the East Crawford Elementary School Boys & Girls Club picking the winner.

Robin Morgan, Mahala's mother, said the livestock barn kids have grown up together, and it's nice to offer activities for them and their families to get to relax and spend time together.

"It's like a family picnic," Monica Stephenson added.

The idea for the Youth Expo came about after Purdue's decision to disassociate itself with the Crawford County 4-H Club Council.

"We knew we wanted something for them," Robin Morgan said.

"We had so many kids supporting us and wanting to do something outside of 4-H," Rhonda Crecelius added.

Tj Holzbog said the original proposal taken to the Crawford County Club Council Inc./Crawford County Community Park Board Inc. was to host a joint week-long event with Crawford County 4-H, with no facility rental fees charged to 4-H. Purdue, however, declined. It was then suggested that the two groups split the week, with the 4-H having the first half and the Youth Expo having the second half. That also was turned down.

Other public events will include a barn dance from 8 p.m. to midnight on July 13 and a pork chop dinner on July 14 from noon to 3 p.m. Besides a pork chop sandwich, dinners will include creek bank potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and a drink. Tickets, which cost $9, will be sold during the Youth Expo and at the door the day of the dinner.

In addition, there will be plenty of pageant fun. The Princess and Junior Miss Pageant will be Monday at 5 p.m., followed by the Little Miss and Little Master Contest at 6. The Pretty Baby and Tiny Tot contests will be July 13 at 5 p.m.

The Miss Crawford County Pageant also will be July 13, at 2 p.m. However, the guys also can get in on the fun, as the Mr. Crawford County Youth Expo Contest will be Sunday at 5 p.m. Males ages 15 to 22 can sign up by contacting Mahala Morgan at 812-788-0842.

To get the word out about the inaugural Youth Expo, several kids who will be participating, at the invitation of the English Reunion Festival, walked in the English Reunion Festival Parade last month, winning Best Group Float. Youth Expo organizers also were at the festival signing up kids.

"We would like to thank the English Reunion for helping to promote our event," Crecelius said.

She encouraged the public to come out during the week to support the participating youth.

"It's all about the kids," Crecelius said, adding the Youth Expo promises to be "a good, fun community event."

Following is the complete schedule of public events:


Tack Drop-off — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Livestock Pen Setup — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Camper Check-in — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Display Check-in — 4 to 7 p.m.

Mr. Crawford County Youth Expo Contest, 5 p.m.


Animal Check-in — 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Display Check-in — 9 a.m. to noon

Hoosier Uplands Senior Day (ages 55 and older) — 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch to be provided by Todd-Dickey Nursing and Rehabilitation)

Vendors — 5 p.m.

Junior Miss/Princess Pageant — 5 p.m.

Kid's Night — 5 p.m.

Pampered Chef Cooking Demonstration by Diane Shelton — 6 p.m.

Little Miss and Master Contest — 6 p.m.

Pedal Tractor Pull — 7 p.m.


Livestock Weigh-in — 9 a.m.

Livestock Pictures — 10 a.m.

Display Hall Opens — 4 p.m.

Vendors — 5 p.m.

Barnyardigans Show — 5 p.m.

Sheep Show — 6 p.m.

Ohio Valley Tae Kwon Do Demonstration — 7 p.m.

Goat Show — 7:30 p.m.

General Entertainment in Pavilion

Wednesday, July 10:

Display Hall Opens — 4 p.m.

Poultry Show — 5 p.m.

Vendors — 5 p.m.

Entertainment: Alex Mills — 6 p.m.

Pampered Chef Cooking Demonstration by Diane Shelton — 6:30 p.m.

Swine Show — 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 11:

East Boys and Girls Club Visit and Animal Pageant — 12:30 p.m.

Dubois REC Electric Demonstration — 2 p.m.

Display Hall Opens — 4 p.m.

Vendors — 5 p.m.

Rabbit Show — 5 p.m.

Crawford County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit — 6 p.m.

Cattle Show — 7 p.m.

Entertainment in Pavilion — Gus' Banjo Pickin' — 7 p.m.

Friday, July 12:

Supreme Showman — 3 p.m.

Display Hall Opens — 4 p.m.

Vendors — 5 p.m.

Livestock Auction — 6 p.m.

Pampered Chef Cooking Demonstration by Diane Shelton — 6 p.m.

General Entertainment in Pavilion

Saturday, July 13:

Co-ed Mud Volleyball Tournament — 9 a.m.

Car and Tractor Show — 10 a.m.

Dog and Cat Show — Noon

MAORA Racing — Noon

Display Check-Out — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Homemade Coconut Cream Pie Contest — Noon to 1 p.m.

Pie Auction — 1:45 p.m.

Miss Crawford County Pageant — 2 p.m.

Pretty Baby and Tiny Tot Contest — 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 14:

MAORA Racing — Noon

Gospel Sing Featuring Danny Jones, Ryan Lynton, Bethan Mills and more — 2 p.m.

Crawford County Veterans Event — 2 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 812-788-0842, email crawfordcountyyouthexpo@gmail.com or visit the Crawford County Youth Expo Facebook page.

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