Friday fun: County 4-H fairs

July 19, 2013
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Fair lovers, rejoice. With the start of the Indiana State Fair just two weeks away, it’s 4-H season north of 96th.

The Hamilton County 4-H Fair runs through Tuesday at the fairgrounds in Noblesville. Boone County’s annual celebration of all things agrarian, meanwhile, runs through Thursday in Lebanon.

OK, embarrassing admission time: I grew up in a city and was completely unaware of the county fair phenomenon until I was assigned to cover one during a college internship (a rite of passage for “cub” reporters).

So although I’ve been a regular at the state fair since moving to central Indiana more than a decade ago, I’ve never been to a county fair in this neck of the woods. I expect that to change this weekend.

I’ve perused the schedules (Hamilton here; Boone here) and found some promising possibilities.

There’s an ice cream churn-off at 7 tonight in Hamilton County, for example, and something called the Llama Limbo at 6 p.m. Saturday. Boone County has a rabbit costume contest Saturday at 1 p.m. and a table-top model tractor pull at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Fair veterans, what are some of your favorites? And most importantly, should I take money for fried cheese?

 

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  • Hot fun in the summertime!
    The Marion Co Fair already has concluded (Jun 21-29) but among my favorites there are the police K9 demos, heavy-weight horse pulls, Family Arts Building displays, various 4-H competitions, and the terrific, free concert entertainment at the Park Stage. And, yes, take money for the fried cheese - and lots more!
  • cheese
    Absolutely. In fact, take money for anything fried - especially if it has a stick. In Hamilton Co - hit the demo derby and the leaping llamas.

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