to showcase talents
Fair week to kick off on Sunday
Wanda English Burnett
The sights, smells and sounds of the 4-H fair will dominate Ripley
County Fairgrounds Park in Osgood, beginning July 17 and continuing
through July 23.
The 4-H fair shows the accomplishment of youth with 2166 projects
to be demonstrated by 604 members.
The 4-H program is alive and well in the county offering not only
the traditional popular animal projects, but everything from public
speaking and recycling to wildlife and wood science.
4-H is for students from grades three through 12 offering them
the opportunity to have fun, make friends, go places, learn and
care for others. Their motto is to make the best better.
The 4-H fair is a positive community experience, noted
Louann Menchhofer, extension education consumer and family science
educator and 4-H youth educator. She encourages not only those
involved in 4-H, but the entire community to take advantage of
the week long activity filled event. There is definitely something
Those who enjoy preserving food or creating fine needlepoint are
welcome to bring their items to the fair. You do not have to be
a member of any homemakers extension club to participate.
The children will not only enjoy the 4-H projects, but will have
rides on the midway. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday a $17.00 wristband
will allow them to ride for one price each night.
The popular baby show will be held Monday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m.
This is limited to Ripley County residents and will be held in
front of the free stage. Entry forms can be obtained ahead of
the show at the extension office at the fairgrounds park in Osgood.
The forms can also be filled out the night of the show.
The official Grand Opening Ceremony will be held Sunday, July
17 at 6 p.m. with the presentation of corporation members. The
2011 4-H Junior Leader King and Queen will be crowned with the
presentation of 2011 Miss Ripley County and her court.
A fashion revue and style show will follow at the free stage that
At the Grandstand:
Grandstand events will include an antique tractor pull sponsored
by the Osgood Lions Club on Sunday, July 17 at 4 p.m. Call Kevin
Menchhofer for more information at 812-756-0158.
Monday night, July 18 a greased pig contest will take place at
Tuesday, July 19 will be the lawnmower, ATV and UTV pulls at 7:00
p.m. This is sponsored by the Osgood Lions Club. For class and
information contact Kevin Menchhofer at 812-756-0158 or 689-4654
or Wayne Wall at 812-621-2210.
Wednesdays event will be the demolition derby at 7:30 p.m.
For information contact Terry Eaglin at 689-1046 or 812-621-0259.
The quad and cycle flat drags will take place Thursday at 7:30
Truck drags will be Friday at 7:00 p.m. and the truck pull will
take place on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Both events are sponsored
by the Osgood Volunteer Fire Department. Call Chris Linville at
812-525-4577 or Scott White at 812-621-0371 for more information.
The livestock auction will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Building #5 at
the show arena on Friday. Here 4-Hers are rewarded for their
efforts with numerous businesses buying the livestock.
Stop by the many booths for free merchandise or the chance to
win a prize during the fair at the commercial building.
The Ripley County Sheriffs booth will have members of the
newly formed Triad organization on hand to explain the program
and conduct a short survey.
Triad is made up of local individuals that include law enforcement
on the state and local level, clergy, county media, and a LifeTime
Resource representative. Their goal is to build a community
of trust for senior citizens.
Triad volunteers develop and implement crime prevention and education
programs for older adults in the community. The organization focuses
on reducing the fear of crime prevalent among older people by
identifying misconceptions about criminal activity against our
For more information you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
stop by the sheriffs booth at the fair to find out more.
From the vesper service at 4:30 p.m. on opening night to the last
hoorah on the midway, the fair is open for everyone to enjoy.