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It’s fair week in LaGrange County

The LaGrange County 4-H Fair is ready for a full week of activities, contests, and entertainment starting Saturday, July 15.

The fair will run through Friday, July 21, with the 4-H Livestock Auction concluding the week on Saturday, July 22.

New this year will be a midway, featuring rides from Maple Leaf Amusements. Rides will be open Monday through Friday starting at 4 p.m.

4-H Association President Ken Martin said that they have been working on getting a carnival at the fair for several years. “Carnivals are hard to find,” he said. “It’s a busy time for them and there’s not enough to go around.”

In fact, the association began working with Maple Leave Amusements two years ago, he said. The later start date for this year’s fair meant that the carnival was able to be here this year.

Other new events for this year include stingrays and butterflies. Both have special encounter areas, allowing fairgoers to see them up close. “You can walk through the display to feed and touch the stingrays,” Martin said. “Same with the butterfly exhibit. There is a lot of interaction with them.”

The fair will host two major concerts during the week. Christian music group Newsboys will perform Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand. The concert will also feature special guest Adam Agee.

Country music fans will be thrilled to find Gary Allan performing at the grandstand at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 20.

“The concerts have been a good draw for the grandstand,” Martin said. “We always get good response from the community.”

Other grandstand events throughout the week include trottingbred races on Monday, farm stock truck and diesel truck pulls on Tuesday, garden tractor pulls on Wednesday (free grandstand for this event), and Xtreme Super Cross Racing on Friday. All are at 7 p.m. with the exception of the garden tractor pull, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

Throughout the week, the main focus for many will be the 4-H judging. The pavilion will host the dog show on Sunday at 7 p.m., dairy beef on Monday morning and sheep Monday evening, swine Tuesday evening, dairy show Wednesday morning, goats Thursday morning, and showmanship competitions Friday morning with small animal and Friday afternoon with large animals.

 

The horse arena will be busy throughout the week with a variety of contests, from jumping to show to draft horse hitch, and the popular fun show Sunday evening.

The fair will also have a Kids’ Zone, with activities for kids of all ages. There will be a special Super Hero and Princess Party Friday at 1 p.m. in the Kids Zone.

Also at 1 p.m. will be the FFA Youth and Adult programs at the FFA barn. Contestants can enter in frog jumping (bring your own frog), paper airplane fly, and cricket spitting (crickets provided).

Check the fair association’s website at www.la grangecounty4hfair.com for the complete schedule.