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Preparing for fair time fun

Thursday, July 8, 2010

One of the top questions I get asked when individuals seek me out is if I am ready for the county fair to get here.

Well, the answer is yes.

County fair time is one of the most exciting times in Indiana. It is always neat to see what projects the youth have spent all year raising and creating in order to exhibit at the fair. Not to mention how great it is to see what unique creative ideas residents enter in open class exhibits.

This will actually be my first experience working for Purdue Extension in Clay and Owen counties during fair time. And it is the first time in many years that the two counties will be having their fair at the same time. Therefore, Peggy Davis (Extension Educator, CFS), Donna Owens (FNP Assistant) and I will be hopping from county to county in an effort to help make your county fair experience a great one.

Our efforts will be added to those put forth by Melanie Brown (Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and CED in Clay County), Dave Schenck (Extension Educatior, 4-H Youth Development and CED in Owen County), 4-H Council members, Fairboard members, 4-H members, volunteers and numerous other individuals who hope that your experience at this year's fair will be the best ever.

The Clay County Fair runs from July 16-23. Some of the pre-fair events that you don't want to miss out on are the fair pageant July 10, at 7 p.m., and the Cat Show at 6 p.m., July 13. Then, on July 19, you should stop by the AMAX Building and see me at the Extension Office Booth.

I'll be there to help answer any gardening questions you might have and to tell you more about some of the exciting things going on in the coming year with Purdue Extension. If you're interested in the Farm Bureau Flower Show, then stop by the fair July 20, at 1 p.m., and see all of the wonderful flowers on display.

And lastly, the Homemaker Afternoon at the fair is July 22, at 1 p.m. I'll be there for a short presentation on flowers.

The Owen County Fair runs July 17-24. Some of the pre-fair events that you might want to take part in include the 4-H Dog Show July 10, at 2 p.m., and 4-H Bike Rodeo July 14, at 6 p.m. The 4-H Exhibit Hall will open up July 18, so that you can see all of the neat projects 4-H'rs have successfully completed this year.

Also July 18 is the 4-H Rabbit Royalty at noon. The Health Fair will take place at 1 p.m., in the Exhibit Hall, July 21. Then, July 23, stop by the Open Class Building from 4-8:30 p.m., to see me at the Gardening Help Booth. Just like in Clay County, I will be there to help answer any gardening questions you might have and to help tell you more about some of the exciting things going on in the coming year with Purdue Extension. Also that night, starting at 6 p.m., is the 4-H Livestock Auction.

Fair time is an exciting time that can be enjoyed by all who take part in the activities. Please realize that there is a lot of activities going on at both the Clay and Owen county fairs making it impossible to name every last even occurring during those days in this column. Instead, I just thought I would share some of the highlights, which you might find interesting to take part in.

If you happen to see me at either of the two fairs, please don't hesitate to say, "hello," as I am always excited to meet residents from the two counties and find out how Purdue Extension can help you.

As always, if you have any questions or would like information on any agriculture, horticulture, or natural resource topic, then please contact your local Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 in Clay County or 812-829-5020 in Owen County or reach me directly at smith535@purdue.edu. Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* July 14 -- Nitty Gritty II, Indianapolis, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost $80,

* July 17-23 -- Clay County Fair, Brazil,

* July 17-24 -- Owen County Fair, Spencer,

* July 20 -- High Tunnel Farm Tour at Harvest Moon Flower Farm, Spencer. Call 812-829-5020 for more information,

* July 24 -- Butterfly Festival, McCormick's Creek State Park, and

* Aug. 16 -- Master Naturalist Course. Eight-week course on Monday nights, from 6-8 p.m., in Spencer. Cost is $55. Call 812-829-56020 to register by Aug. 6. Limited space available.