4-H Showcase set for June 23-26
By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]
Purdue Extension Crawford County will host its 4-H Showcase June 23 to 26. This year’s event will once again take place at the Crawford County Community Park, located off S.R. 66 south of Marengo.
Crawford County Extension Educator Gail Peitzmeier said the heart of the event — highlighting the talents of local youth — will be front and center.
“It’s really about our youth,” she said, noting some projects reflect a year’s worth of effort. “It’s a celebration of our youth where they get to show off their hard work.”
This year’s Showcase will include a variety of projects featuring everything from photography to flowers and from cattle to cross-stitch.
Projects must be checked in by Tuesday, June 22, although they can be submitted earlier. Peitzmeier said the open-class portion of the Showcase is available to any community member, regardless of 4-H affiliation, to enter.
“I want to make sure people in the community know they can have something in open class; baked goods, quilts, artwork,” she said, ticking off a few examples. “Anyone can exhibit. I think people forget about that. Open class is for anybody. … The sky’s the limit.”
Livestock check-in is Wednesday, June 23, and all 4-H families are invited to a kick-off meal at 5 p.m. that day. The meal is sponsored by Crawford County Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance with families bringing a dessert and drinks to share.
The 4-H Cloverville Exhibit Hall will open with judging completed on Thursday evening, June 24. The poultry, rabbit, sheep and goat shows are that evening as well.
Friday, June 25, will feature the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Woods on Wheels, a traveling, educational exhibit. Woods on Wheels is a walk-through experience with interactive displays about forests. Woods on Wheels will be on site Saturday, June 26, as well.
Those attending the Showcase will have a unique opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, said Peitzmeier.
The Indiana State Department of Health is bringing a vaccine bus to the Showcase.
The beef and swine shows will take place Friday night, June 25.
Saturday morning, June 26, the Jim Ade 4-H Round Robin Showmanship Contest will begin at 10 a.m.
Peitzmeier explained this event, sponsored by Ade’s family, is in honor of the former Extension educator and director. The focus is on participants’ showmanship abilities.
“It’s not so much about the animals; it’s more about youth and their abilities,” Peitzmeier said.
At 1 p.m. that day, the parade of 4-H grand champions will take place, recognizing all grand champion winners.
Each category is sponsored by an individual, business or organization, and the winner will receive a monetary award.
Peitzmeier said this event started in 2019 as a way to give special recognition to the top winners.
“We want as many youth there as possible to receive their award,” she said.
The Showcase will conclude with the livestock auction at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 26.
For more information about the Showcase, call the Extension office at 812-338-5466. Follow the Facebook page Purdue Extension Crawford County for program updates.