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Inaugural Youth Expo continues through Sunday


July 10, 2019
The inaugural Crawford County Youth Expo, which got underway Sunday at the Crawford County Community Park south of Marengo, still has plenty of events remaining on its schedule, including livestock shows, nightly entertainment and the crowning of a new queen.

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Caleb Newton, center, was crowned the inaugural Mr. Crawford County Youth Expo on Sunday. The pageant, which opened the week-long Youth Expo, featured three candidates. Taten Arnold, left, was first runner-up, while Clayton Sauer, right, was second runner-up. Photo By Chris Adams
Five young women — Elizabeth Bennett, Lindsey Biddle, Haylea Crandall, Olivia Main and Elizabeth McCoy — will take to the pavilion stage at the Crawford County Community Park south of Marengo on Saturday at 2 p.m. in hopes of succeeding 2018 Miss Crawford County Morgan Hollen. (For profiles of the contestants, see Style.)

However, there are plenty of events on the docket before Saturday. The poultry show will be today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. followed by the swine show at 7, with entertainment at 6. Plus, Diane Shelton will present a Pampered Chef cooking demonstration at 6:30.

Tomorrow's lineup will include an animal pageant, with kids dressing up their livestock and members of the East Crawford Elementary School Boys & Girls Club picking the winner, at 12:30 p.m. Then, at 2 p.m., Dubois REC will give an electric demonstration. The rabbit show will be at 5 p.m., with the cattle show at 7. In addition, the Crawford County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit will be at the park at 6. Gus' Banjo Pickin' will be the evening's entertainment, hitting the stage at 7.

Friday will feature the Supreme Showman competition at 3 p.m. and the livestock auction at 6. Plus, Shelton will return for another Pampered Chef cooking demonstration, also at 6.

Saturday's schedule will begin with a co-ed mud volleyball tournament at 9 a.m. A car and tractor show will get underway at 10, cow patty bingo at 11, and MAORA racing, at the rear of the property, at noon. A dog and cat show will be at noon and a homemade coconut cream pie contest will be from noon to 1 p.m., with the pies to be auctioned at 1:45 p.m. Miss Crawford County won't be the day's only pageant, as the Pretty Baby and Tiny Tot contests will be at 5 p.m. The evening will conclude with a barn dance at 8 p.m.

Sunday will bring more MAORA racing, at noon, as well as a gospel sing featuring Danny Jones, Ryan Lynton, Bethann Mills and more at 2 p.m.

Also on Sunday will be a pork chop dinner 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.

The display hall will open at 4 p.m. today through Friday.

For more information, visit the Crawford County Youth Expo Facebook page.

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