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Fair continues through weekend


July 13, 2011
A new queen has been crowned, some delicious cherry pie has been eaten and projects galore are on exhibit as the Crawford County 4-H Fair is in full swing.

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Cassidey Davis was crowned the new Miss Crawford County Sunday afternoon at the Crawford County 4-H Fairgrounds to start this year’s county fair. Nicole Novak was first runner-up and was also named Miss Congeniality and Crowd Favorite. Coy Caffrey was second runner-up and voted Miss Photogenic. Cecelia Rickenbaugh earned Miss Business Wear honors, and Sara McCoy was named Miss Formal Wear. Photo by Wade Bell
The fair, at the Crawford County 4-H Community Park south of Marengo, kicked off Saturday and, while there already has been lots of fun, from the 4-H Car Show to the demolition derby, there are still plenty of events remaining.

Topping the list tonight (Wednesday) is the Back Seat Driver Contest. Up to 12 two-person teams (each member must be at least age 18) will test their communication skills as they navigate a course in the arena in golf carts supplied by Scott's Auto Sales.

However, it will be no Sunday stroll as the driver will be blindfolded and will have to rely on instructions from their back-seat teammate. Time penalties will be given for mishaps, and the team with the best time will be the winner.

Registration will begin at 6 p.m. in the arena with the contest to follow at 7. The entry fee will be $5 per team, and admission for spectators will be $2 for adults and $1 for children.

Also on tonight's schedule will be line dancing in the pavilion at 6:30 and Elvis impersonator Otis Berry in the pavilion and a horse demonstration in the livestock barn, both at 7. The Livestock Celebrity Fun Show will finish the evening at 8 in the livestock barn.

Tomorrow's lineup will feature the Beef, Sheep and Swine Show at 6 p.m. in the livestock barn. Other events will include a machine-quilting demonstration from 6 to 8 p.m. in the pavilion and entertainment by The Hiding at 8 in the pavilion.

A machine-quilting demonstration also will be on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. One of the fair's traditional big draws, the livestock auction, will be at 6:30 p.m. in the livestock barn. The truck pull will be at 7 p.m. in the arena, with admission costing $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 through 12 and free for children 5 and younger. An eating contest will be at 7 p.m. in the pavilion and will be followed by entertainment, "Jukebox Memories — Randy Morgan," at 8.

There will be more motorsports this weekend, behind the horse arena, in the form of MAORA off-road racing. The green flag will drop at 10 a.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday. Admission both days will be $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 through 12, and free for children 5 and younger.

Also on Saturday will be the Pretty Baby and Tiny Tot and Junior Miss contests, at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively, in the pavilion. They will be followed by line dancing there at 7. Also at 7, in the horse arena, will be the horse pull, with admission costing $2. Good Evening, Miss will perform at 8 in the pavilion.

The Million Pillowcase Challenge will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the pavilion each day through Friday.

Also, the exhibit hall, featuring 4-H and open class projects, will open at 4 p.m. through Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Because of a scheduling conflict, the carnival used at last year's fair was unable to attend this year. However, the 4-H Council has rented two large inflatables through Saturday. The inflatables, for all ages, will cost $1 per person each night.

Parking costs $2 per vehicle, with the money to be split between the 4-H and Crawford County Relay For Life teams.

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