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Time for fun! Crawford 4-H Fair kicks off Saturday


July 04, 2012
With temperatures breaking the triple-digit mark the past several days, it can mean only one thing: it's time for the Crawford County 4-H Fair.

The annual nine-day fair, at the Crawford County 4-H Community Park south of Marengo, will start on Saturday and run through Sunday, July 15. It will feature a variety of shows and contests, including the Pretty Baby, Tiny Tot and Miss Crawford County contests, as well as inflatables for children and nightly entertainment in the air-conditioned pavilion.

The opening day will kick off with the 4-H Car Show, behind the Clover Room, and entertainment with Randy Morgan's Jukebox Memories, both at 10 a.m. There also will be a bean bag toss tournament at 11 a.m. and a cat show at 3 p.m. in the pavilion followed by a dog show at 4. One of the fair's most popular attractions, the demolition derby, will return to the arena at 7 p.m. to close out the night.

Sunday's fun will begin with the 4-H Horse and Pony Completion Show at 8 a.m.

Then, at 1 p.m., the second Jim Ade Memorial Barbecue Cook-off will take place behind the Clover Room. The event is in honor of the former Crawford County Extension Service director who passed away in May 2011. For years, Ade, who served as director from 2006 until his illness but was a volunteer for several years before that, grilled during the fair.

The Fruit Pie Contest will start at 2 p.m. in the pavilion, with the pies to be auctioned off at 4:45. Also at 2 in the pavilion will be a gospel sing featuring Bethann Goldman Mills and Rebakah Jordan. Admission is free.

The Miss Crawford County Queen Contest will be at 5 p.m. in the pavilion. This year's contest features 13 young women hoping to succeed 2011 Miss Crawford County Cassidey Davis. Profiles of each of the contestants appear in this week's Style.

Livestock check-in will be at 6 p.m. in the livestock barn and will continue at 8 a.m. Monday, with weigh-in at 9.

Check-in for perishable projects will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday and at 8 a.m. Monday in the Clover Room, followed by judging at 10.

The exhibit hall, also in the Clover Room, will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will display both 4-H and open class judged crafts and projects. Project check-out will be on Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m.

Commercial exhibits will open at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The public will have the opportunity to meet Crawford County's two new Extension educators Monday at 6 p.m. in the Clover Room. Then, at 7, they can head next door to the pavilion for the Pretty Baby and Tiny Tot contests. However, fairgoers who like more CC's in their entertainment can head to the arena for motocross action. Also at 7, the 4-H Fun Night will be going on under the outside tent.

The Strings of Indian Creek will close out the night as they take to the pavilion stage at 8.

A county fair isn't truly a county fair without some good, old-fashioned gluttony. Fortunately, Tuesday's lineup of entertainment will feature an eating contest at 6 p.m. in the pavilion.

The horse demonstration, in the livestock barn, also will be at 6 and will be followed by the Livestock Celebrity Fun Show at 7.

Randy Morgan will return with his Jukebox Memories at 7 in the pavilion, and the evening's arena entertainment will be the Barnyard Olympics at 8.

The Poultry, Rabbit and Goat shows will be on Wednesday, July 11, in the livestock barn, starting at 5 p.m., with line dancing at 6:30.

The popular Back Seat Driver Contest, which debuted last year, will return to the arena at 7. Up to 12 two-person teams (each member must be at least age 18) will navigate a course in golf carts. The challenge, however, is the driver will be blindfolded and will have to rely on instructions from their teammate in the back seat. Mishaps will result in time penalties, and the team with the best time will be the winner.

Otis Berry will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the pavilion.

Events on Thursday, July 12, will include the Sheep, Swine and Beef shows at 6 p.m. in the livestock barn, lawn mower racing at 7 in the arena and musical entertainment by Good Evening, Miss, also at 7, in the pavilion.

On Friday, July 13, the Livestock Auction will be at 6 p.m. in the barn, with quad races in the arena at 7. Also at 7 will be another eating contest in the pavilion. In addition, The Breeding Family will perform that evening in the pavilion.

Saturday, July 14, will feature the Little Miss and Master Contest at 5 p.m. as well as the Junior Miss Contest at 6, both in the pavilion, as well as the Horse Pull in the horse arena at 5. In addition, MAORA off-road racing will return to the 4-H park for the second time this season at 10 a.m.

Other events will include the Knights Hollow Dagorhir Realm at 3 p.m. next to the pavilion, line dancing at 7 in the pavilion and Judith Montgomery and Family performing at 8, also in the pavilion.

The fair will close on Sunday, July 15, with the second day of MAORA racing at noon.

Kids' inflatables will be available each day of the fair. They will cost $1 per child.

There will be a parking fee of $2 per car, which will benefit the 4-H program and Relay for Life, on Tuesday through Friday.

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