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Spending the week camping at the fair

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Several area residents elected to camp at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds this year. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Nine-year-old Ian LeLoup has spent the majority of this week in the family camper with his father, Gary.

"It's just fun,' Ian said.

The LeLoup family, also consisting of mother Lorie and daughter Caitlyn, 16, are one of approximately 45 families that set up camp on the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds this year.

Lorie said Gary and Ian have spent the entire week in the camper. She added it makes it easier for the family especially since Caitlyn shows horses during fair week.

"We started camping (at the fairgrounds) a couple of years ago," Lorie said. "And it saves a little bit."

Clay County 4-H Council member Brad Thompson has been running the camper area for a handful of years now. He and his wife Mary Ann also run the Horse and Pony Barn.

Brad said the campsite at the fairgrounds has 44 campers this year, which is about normal.

"It's about the same. Our numbers stay about the same," Brad said. "We have a maximum for 50 (campers). It's usually pretty full."

Brad and his wife have three sons, but none of them participate in 4-H anymore due to age limits.

He and his wife still camp at the fairgrounds during the often, sweltering week in July.

"It's a lot quieter," Brad said.

He said those interested in camping during fair week have to pay a nominal fee of $45 for electricity for campers. Those camping in tents only have to pay $15.

There are different size slots depending on what the camper has.

"We feel like we have one of the better facilities in the Wabash Valley," Brad said. "As far as that goes, maybe one of the best in the state. We feel like we have a top-notch fairgrounds."

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