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Pictured are Kyle Emsweller and Morgan Ritzi, interns who are helping to get things organized for the upcoming 4-H fair. The two, along with Georgia Hummel, (not pictured) are summer interns at the Purdue Extension Office in Osgood. Kyle is from Batesville, Morgan from West Harrison, and are both students at Purdue University. Georgia is from Moores Hill and attends Ball State University.

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The smells, sounds, and sights at the Ripley County Fairgrounds Park beginning Sunday, July 22 will leave no doubt that the 2018 4-H fair is underway. This week the park seems quiet, but it’s a busy beehive on the inside of the 4-H extension building. Interns have been helping with the load by organizing hundreds of ribbons, plaques, certificates, and so much more.

The logo for this year was designed by Baylee Dwenger, member of the Pierceville Haypals and says “Unlock your potential”. That is what local youth are doing through the 4-H program. From the pageantry to the livestock barns and everything in between, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

A Vesper service will kick off the events from 4-5 at the free stage, followed by the official grand opening at 6:00 p.m. as the corporation board members welcome everyone to the week-long event.

The 60th Miss Ripley County and her court will be introduced and the crowning of the 4-H King and Queen will take place. With royalty in place, they will reign over the activities, helping with awards and many activities throughout the week. A 4-H banner parade will follow, along with a fashion revue and style show.

Monday night is the much anticipated baby show. It is held at the free stage where parents can register and pay an entry fee of $5.00. This will begin at 5:00 p.m. on July 23. The midway rides will be twirling and twisting and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and you can ride all night for the price of $20.00.

At the grandstand Monday, July 23 there will be Barnyard Olympics you won’t want to miss. Proceeds from these hilarious escapades go to the Hansen, Bowman, Vogel SR FFA Chapter Scholarship in memory of these students. Events will include sack racing, round bale rolling, tractor pull, straw bale jumping, mud tire obstacle, wheelbarrow racing and more you’ve probably never heard of. For more information contact Lydia Comer at 812-560-7803.

Wednesday night the third annual Lil Miss Pageant will take place at 6:00 p.m. on the free stage. The Miss Ripley County Queen Committee will be crowning the Lil Miss Ripley County Princess and they will join the royalty, and help pass out ribbons, ride in the Pumpkin Show Parade, the Milan Fourth of July Parade and more. For more information call/text Monica Hansen at 812-756-0200.

Thursday and Friday evening the rides will open on the midway from 6-10 p.m. with much activity, including the 4-H Livestock Auction that will begin Friday, July 27 at 3 p.m. in the Show Arena. The 2017 auction results brought in $153,244.32.

At the Grandstands:

Sunday morning at 10 a.m. there will be an antique tractor pull. To find out more, contact Kevin Menchhofer at 812-756-0158.
Barnyard Olympics will be on Monday and JM Extreme Inflatable Ponies will also be at the grandstands.

Tuesday, the Vintage/Battle of the Blue Grass Pullers (Large Hot Tractor) and Trucks will be the grandstand event. Contact Chris Linville at 812-525-4577 or Tom McConnell at 502-931-5068 for information on the event that will begin at 7 p.m.

The Wednesday night action at the grandstands is new this year. It is an Open Speed Show at 6 p.m. where everyone can participate. Contact Tammy Sidell at 812-212-6521 to find out more.

Thursday will feature the Quad & Cycle Flat Drags at 7:30, sponsored by the Osgood Lions Club.

Friday night the Truck Drags, sponsored by the Osgood Fire Department will be at the grandstands. Call Alex Brison at 812-689-4142. Saturday will feature the Truck and Tractor Pull at 7:30 p.m., also sponsored by the Osgood Fire Department.

The Ripley County Fairgrounds Park in Osgood will be a flurry of activity all week long. Monday through Friday the parking is free thanks to generous sponsors. There will be a variety of food booths throughout the park and something for everyone at the family friendly event.

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