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Bartholomew County

4-H Fair

July 6 - 14, 2012


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contents Mailing address for the 4-H Fair Board: 750 W. Road 200S, P.O. Box 342 Columbus, IN 47202 Phone: 372-6133 Web site: bartholomewcountyfair.com

Map and parking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Midway schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Kids Day activities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

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Fair Fit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Mailing address for Bartholomew County Extension Office: 1971 State St., P.O. Box 507 Columbus, IN 47202 Phone: 379-1665 Web site: ces.purdue.edu/bartholomew

This year at the fair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 4-H projects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 10-year members. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Outstanding 4-H’ers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

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Fair Book Š2012, All rights reserved. Comments should be sent to Doug Showalter, The Republic, 333 Second St., Columbus, IN 47201 or call (812) 3795625. Advertising information: Call (812) 379-5652. All copy and advertising are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced.

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map and parking

A. HORSE ARENA

O. CONSERVATION CLUB

B. HORSE BARN

P. BUILDING #6

C. THE GATHERING PAVILION

Q. PORK PRODUCERS

D. LIVESTOCK PAVILION

R. BUILDING #5

E. LIVESTOCK BARN

S. BUILDING #4

F. LITTLE HANDS ON FARM

T. RURAL YOUTH ICE CREAM

G. ADMINISTRATION / RESTROOMS

U. KIWANIS CLUB

H. UTILITY SHED

W. BUILDING #3

I. PAGODA J. LIONS CLUB

X. ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN CHURCH

K. FIRST AID

Y. BUILDING #2

L. COMMUNITY BUILDING / DAVID BOLL THEATER

Z. FAMILY ARTS BUILDING

M. CONSERVATION CLUB N. STATE POLICE

V. FARM BUREAU

AA. BUILDING #1

HANDICAPPED PARKING

Available with state-issued handicapped parking pass. Please enter fairgrounds from Road 200S.

GATE C GENERAL PARKING PASS

For $15, this pass allows weekly entrance at Gate C and is available for purchase at the Fair Office. No reserved parking space.

VIP PARKING PASS

VIP parking will be provided at Southside Elementary School by the Columbus FFA. Parking is $5 per day while space is available. Parking lot is paved and handi-

capped accessible. The Southside parking lot will not be available for paid parking on Sunday.

FEES

Parking fees will be collected starting at 10 a.m. on Kids Day and 1 p.m. on the remaining days.

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY

Saturday, July 7, is Military Appreciation Day. Anyone with a military ID can park for free.

unauthorized vehicles

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calendar FRIDAY, JULY 6

5 p.m.

8 p.m.

THE BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY DAY

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE FAIR

4-H Watermelon Relay – Horse Arena

8–11 a.m.

Midway Opens – Regular Tickets Only

All species check- in (4-H Goat and 4-H Dairy must be stalled by 11 a.m.)

5–10 p.m.

9–11 a.m. Open Class Entry of Flowers – Open Class Flower Show, Flowers & Plants/Planters – Family Arts Building

5 p.m.

Lil’ Hands on the Farm Open

5–10 p.m. 4-H Community, Family Arts, Commercial Buildings Open

SATURDAY, JULY 7

THE REPUBLIC NEWSPAPER DAY THIS IS ALSO MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY (ANYONE WITH A MILITARY ID CAN PARK FOR FREE)

7 a.m. – noon

7 p.m.

All species check –in (Swine must be stalled by noon)

Lil’ Wrangler Poultry Show – Pavilion

Project Dubru (2011 Battle of the Bands winner) – David Boll Theatre

9 a.m.

9 a.m.

7 p.m.

Lil’ Wrangler, 4-H and Open Dairy Show – Pavilion

4-H Poultry Show – Pavilion

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9 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

11 a.m. – Noon 4-H Goat weigh-in. – Livestock Barn

Noon–4 p.m. Antique Farm Display entries due

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7 p.m. ATV & Motorcycle Flat Track Racing – brought to you by Mid-West Motorcycle Club – Grandstand

4-H Horse & Pony English Halter & Performance Show

12:30 p.m. Lil’ Wranglers Goat Show – Pavilion


1 p.m. 4-H Goat Show – Pavilion

2–10 p.m. 4-H Community, Family Arts Buildings, Commercial Buildings Open

2 p.m. Share the Fun 4-H Winners – David Boll Theatre

5–10 p.m. Midway Opens – Regular tickets until 10 p.m.

5–10 p.m. Lil’ Hands on the Farm opens

5–7:30 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull — east of Farm Bureau Building. Registration begins at 3 p.m., $2 entry

7 p.m. Demolition Derby & Lawn Mower Demo Derby – sponsored by JR Rouse Promotions – Grandstand

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Abby Meier leads her grand champion wether goat into the arena.

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7:30 p.m.

Diamonds in the Rough – bluegrass, Celtic and gospel – David Boll Theatre

7:30–9 p.m.

1 p.m.

Midway opens – $20 wristbands

Jack & Jill Pageant – Southside Elementary School

10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

6 p.m.

Newbury Road — bluegrass, Americana and blues — David Boll Theatre

1–2 p.m.

ATHENS ANIMAL CLINIC DAY

Mountain Liberty Way Band – Farm Bureau Building

9 a.m. – noon

2–10 p.m.

Swine weigh-in – Purebred gilts must be declared at weigh-in

4-H Rabbit check-in only

Lil’ Hands on the Farm open

Columbus FFA Antique Tractor Pull – Grandstand

SUNDAY, JULY 8

1–2:30 p.m.

5–10 p.m.

1 p.m.

Midnight Madness Midway – $10 wristbands

4-H Horse & Pony Western Halter & Performance Show

5 p.m.

1 p.m.

Keith Guthrie Band (nine decades of great songs) – Farm Bureau Building

9 a.m.

David Boll Theatre – next to Community Building

Little Miss & Mister Contest Interview – Southside

7 p.m.

Little Miss & Mister Public Contest – Southside

6:30 p.m.

4-H Community, Family Arts and Commercial Buildings Open

Bartholomew County Farm Stock Tractor Pull – Grandstand

2:30 p.m.

7–8 p.m.

Lil’ Wrangler Rabbit Show – Pavilion

Possum Glory Train Band – Farm Bureau Building

3 p.m.

4-H Rabbit Show – Pavilion

5 p.m.

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MONDAY, JULY 9

COLUMBUS REGIONAL HEALTH DAY

7 a.m. – noon

Beef will come onto the grounds and will be weighed as they come off the truck.

9 a.m. – noon

4-H Sheep check-in (Sheep must be stalled by noon.)

9–11:30 a.m.

Open Class Flowers entries due – Family Arts Building

9–11 a.m.

4-H Flowers, Crops and Gardening check-in. Record sheets due at check-in.

1 p.m.

4-H Barrow Show and Showmanship

5–10 p.m.

Lil’ Hands on the Farm open

5 p.m.

Midway Opens – Dollar Day: $1 per ride

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5–10 p.m.

4-H Community Building, Family Arts and Commercial Buildings Open

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest – Farm Bureau Building (registration at 5 p.m.)

TUESDAY, JULY 10

5–10 p.m.

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY REMC DAY

Lil’ Hands on the Farm open

8:30 a.m.

5–10 p.m.

4-H Cat show check-in at the Pavilion

9 a.m.

4-H Cat show at the Pavilion

9 a.m.

6:30 p.m.

4-H Horse & Pony Contesting Show – includes pole bending, barrels, flags and keyhole

4-H Sheep weigh-in – Pavilion/Livestock Barn

7–8 p.m.

4-H Caged Critter check-in at the Pavilion

Columbus Clogging Company – Farm Bureau Building

7 p.m.

Columbus City Band – David Boll Theatre

7 p.m.

Mud Bog – sponsored by Rhino Linings of Columbus – Grandstand

10:30 a.m. 11 a.m.

4-H Community Building, Family Arts and Commercial Buildings open

5 p.m.

Community Day at the Midway opens – Canned Goods Night – 1 free ticket for each canned food or $20 wristbands

5–6 p.m.

Let’s Bake a Pie Contest entry registration – Family Arts

6 p.m.

4-H Caged Critter show at the Pavilion

Let’s Bake a Pie Contest – Family Arts Building

1 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

Lil’ Wrangler Swine Show, 4-H Gilt & Breeding Show, as well as Open Carcass will follow

2–4 p.m.

Community Day at the Midway – Disabled can ride free. Midway is closed to public.

Horse & Pony 4-H Fun Show & 4-H Costume Class

7 p.m.

Frog Jumping Contest – Farm Bureau Building, registration at 6:30 p.m.

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7 p.m.

Chordlighters – Barbershop Quartet – David Boll Theatre

7 p.m.

Lei’gacy Band – Grandstand

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY RURAL YOUTH DAY

8 a.m.

4-H Tractor Contest (Record sheet must be turned in at the time of contest.)

9–10 a.m.

Grand Champion Pictures – Community Building; David Boll Theatre

9–11 a.m.

Open Class Flowers due – Family Arts Building

10 a.m. – noon

Adventure Day Carnival – David Boll Theatre Kim Townsend bags cotton candy at a fair booth.

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Noon – 10 p.m.

Lil’ Hands on the Farm open

Noon – 10 p.m.

4-H Community Building, Family Arts and Commercial Buildings open

Noon – 10 p.m.

Midway opens – Kids Day – $12 wristbands all day and night

2 p.m.

Pedal Tractor Pull – East of Farm Bureau Building; registration begins at 1 p.m. $2 entry

3 p.m.

Lil’ Wrangler – Sheep Show – Pavilion

3:30 p.m.

4-H Sheep Show – Pavilion

6:30 p.m.

Horse & Pony rain date or open arena riding

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7 p.m.

Kristen Wright – Nashville folk singersongwriter - country, folk and jazz – David Boll Theatre

7 p.m.

Nite of Thrills – Sponsored by JR Rouse Promotions – Grandstand

7–7:45 p.m.

1 p.m.

Lil’ Wrangler Beef, Dairy & Starter Calf – Pavilion

1:30 p.m.

4-H Starter Calf Show – Pavilion

3:30 p.m.

4-H Steer Show – Pavilion

Southern Indiana Pipes & Drums – Farm Bureau Building

5–10 p.m.

8–9 p.m.

5–10 p.m.

Easterling Magic Show – Farm Bureau Building

THURSDAY, JULY 12

Lil’ Hands on the Farm open 4-H Community Building, Family Arts and Commercial Buildings open

5 p.m.

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY FFA DAY

Midway Opens – $15 Wristbands until close

10 a.m.

5–6 p.m.

4-H Heifer & Cow Calf Show – Pavilion

1–2 p.m.

Grand Champion Pictures – Community Building; David Boll Theatre

Registration for Children’s Baking Contest – Family Arts

6 p.m.

Children’s Baking Contest – Family Arts Building


6 p.m.

4-H Best Dressed Rabbit Competition – Gathering Pavilion

6:30 p.m.

Horse & Pony Parent & Alumni Horse Show

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Floral Demonstrations – Farm Bureau Building

7 p.m.

Cornhole Tournament – David Boll Theatre

7 p.m.

4-H Rabbit Race – Gathering Pavilion

7 p.m.

Branum/Malone Memorial Kart Race on the 1/4 mile – Sponsored by Lewis Motor Sports – Grandstand

8 p.m.

Working Chute Contest – Pavilion Michelle Wesolowski takes a sunset ride on the Yo Yo.

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10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

5 p.m.

7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 13

6 p.m.

10 p.m.

Midway Midnight Madness, $10 wristband

GRAMMER INDUSTRIES DAY

9–11 a.m.

Open Class Flowers due in Family Arts Building

Midway Opens – Regular priced tickets until 10 p.m. Parade of Champions

Midnight Madness – $10 wristbands until 1 a.m.

6 p.m.

Lil’ Wrangler Horse & Pony – Horse Arena

6 p.m.

10 a.m.

All Livestock Groom & Clean Competition – Pavilion

11 a.m.

4-H Barbeque Contest – David Boll Theatre

2 p.m.

4-H Supreme Showmanship – Beef, Sheep, Swine & Dairy

Dance by Design – David Boll Theatre

7 p.m.

Fiddle Contest – Farm Bureau Building; registration at 6:30 p.m., $1.50 entry fee

7 p.m.

4-H Supreme Showmanship – Goat, Horse and Pony, Rabbit and Poultry, Pavilion with the 4-H Livestock Awards

Lil’ Hands on the Farm open

SATURDAY, JULY 14

DEMOCRATIC LADIES LEAGUE DAY

7 a.m.

Livestock Auction Buyers Breakfast – Pavilion

8:15 a.m.

4-H Livestock Sale – Pavilion

2–9 p.m.

4-H Community Building, Family Arts, Commercial Buildings open

1–2 p.m.

7–9 p.m.

5–10 p.m.

Midwest TQ Racing League – Grandstand

Keith Guthrie Band – Bluegrass – Farm Bureau Building

State Fair Livestock Form Pickup – Community Building

5–10 p.m.

4-H Community Building, Family Arts, and Commercial Buildings open

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3-4 p.m. Demonstration and discussion of healthy food choices and preparation – Farm Bureau Building

5 p.m. Midway Opens – $20 wristbands

6 p.m. Antique Farm Display exhibits released

7 p.m. Demolition Derby II – Grandstand

SUNDAY, JULY 15 Noon – 3 p.m. 4-H and Family Arts Release Exhibits

MONDAY, JULY 16 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 4-H and Family Arts Release Exhibits ALL EXHIBITS MUST BE PICKED UP. NO PROJECTS WILL BE BROUGHT BACK TO THE OFFICE.

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Midway schedule 4-H MEMBERS MAY PURCHASE ONE WRISTBAND FOR $10 DURING THE FAIR WEEK. TICKET PRICES: $1 EACH, 20 FOR $18, 60 FOR $50 July 6, 5 p.m. — Regular tickets only July 7, 5 p.m. — Regular tickets until 10 p.m. July 7, 10 p.m. — Midnight Madness — $10 wristbands until 1 a.m. July 8, 5 p.m. — $20 wristbands until close July 9, 5 p.m. — Dollar Day — $1 per ride July 10, 2-4 p.m. — Community Day — Midway closed to public. Disabled/ disadvantaged/at-risk can ride for free. July 10, 5 p.m. — $20 wristbands or 1 free ticket per canned good July 11, Noon — Kids Day — $12 wristbands (no age limit)

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Girls enjoy their spin on the midway’s Dragon Wagon.

July 12, 5 p.m. — Family Day — $15 wristbands until close July 13, 5 p.m. — Regular tickets until 10 p.m. July 13, 10 p.m. — Midnight Madness — $10 wristbands until 1 a.m. July 14, 5 p.m. — $20 wristbands until close

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Kids Day activities WEDNESDAY, JULY 11

10 a.m. – noon Adventure Day Carnival – David Boll Theatre – Clover Buds and Mini 4-H

Noon – 10 p.m. Lil’ Hands on the Farm open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 4-H Community & Family Arts Buildings Open

Noon (All day) Midway Opens – Kids Day $12 wristbands (no age limit)

1 p.m. Registration Pedal Tractor Pull – Near Farm Bureau Building 2 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull – East of Farm Bureau Building 3 p.m. Lil’ Wrangler – Sheep Show (K/1st/2nd grade) – Pavilion Skyler Collins emerges from the slide tube on the Raiders climber.

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Healthy living is focus of Fair Fit By Sarah Suksiri

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hroughout the county, 4-H members have been adopting healthy habits by sleeping nine hours a night, drinking eight glasses of water a day, trying new fruits and vegetables weekly and exercising regularly. Now, they’re ready to show everyone what they’ve learned, and they’re doing it through a new program called Fair Fit. “We’re going to have hands-on activities to teach people about the different forms of health,” says Laney Bearson, a Fair Fit committee member who is in her ninth year with 4-H. “It’s going to be really fun.” Bearson, 17, who shows cattle and swine in addition to being a self-professed “fitness freak,”

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says that health isn’t just about getting exercise or eating right, it’s about living well emotionally, psychologically and financially. Erika Bonnett, extension educator for 4-H youth development, says that each day of the fair will focus on a different health theme, with topics such as “Dealing with Life’s Stressors,” “Having Dollar Sense” and “Socially Connected,” a topic that Bearson says will take a look at how people can develop healthy and rewarding relationships in the high-tech and modern world. She says that of all the topics, she’s most interested in learning more about stress reduction. see fair fit on page 21

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Fair Fit Activity Schedule Friday, July 6 — Hoopdaloop — A hula hoop interactive demonstration from 6 to 8 p.m. in the grassy area next to the David Boll Theatre. Come and see how to have fun and exercise at the same time with a water-weighted hula hoop. Saturday, July 7 — Zumba — Deana Hawkins, certified instructor at Deana’s Zumba Posse, will lead you in some great Zumba exercise from 6 to 7 p.m. at the David Boll Theatre. Sunday, July 8 — Blood Pressure and Pulse Checks — Ivy Tech EMT program students will conduct blood pressure and pulse checks from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Fair Fit Booth in one of the commercial buildings. Monday, July 9 — Gardening and Food Preservation — Matt John from Ivy Tech will present information on community gardening and greenhouses from 6 to 7 p.m. From 7 to 8 p.m. Harriet

Armstrong, Bartholomew County’s health and human science assistant, will talk about how to preserve the food you grow in your garden. These talks will be at the Fair Fit Booth in one of the commercial buildings. Tuesday, July 10 — Sun Safety — From 5 to 7 p.m. come to the Fair Fit Booth in one of the commercial buildings to get your sun safety bracelet. It is made with beads that are sensitive to the rays of the sun. See how it can help you be sun safe. Wednesday, July 11 — Fatal Vision — Driving Under the Influence — The sheriff’s department will have demonstrations on how driving under the influence can impair your driving. These demonstrations will take place from noon to 5 p.m. behind the sheriff’s tent on the west side of the midway close to Road 200S. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Thursday, July 12 — Healthy Recipe Alterations — Do you have a recipe you really like but it’s unhealthy because of some of its ingredients? Well, find out how to alter the recipe and make it healthy and good at the same time. The Extension Homemakers are making mini-muffins to hand out at the Fair Fit Booth in one of the commercial buildings. Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 — Staying Socially Connected — There will be a display from Purdue University to see how, in today’s world, we stay socially connected. This display will be in the Family Arts Building. Saturday, July 14 — Chair Yoga — From 6 to 7 p.m. in the David Boll Theatre learn chair yoga. This is a great stress reliever that you can do at your office, while watching TV or when you just need a break.

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Queen grateful for once-in-a-lifetime opportunity By Sarah Suksiri

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or Kyley Kamman, the fair queen’s crown is something she’s dreamed of wearing since she was a little girl. “I always told myself, ‘As soon as I’m old enough, I’m going to enter!’ Well, the first year I was old enough, I was on a family vacation,” she says with a laugh. The year after that, in her first year as a contestant, she won the crown. Kamman describes her experience in the pageant as something that gave her an entirely new outlook on the fair. Contestants are encouraged to attend every event possible during the fair, a practice that she says makes for “a very long week,” but she says the opportunity introduced her to events that she “didn’t even know the fair had, like the critter show or the cat show.” “One of my most favorite memories of the whole experience was of me and all the girls on court out there racing in the watermelon relay in Sesame Street costumes. And I loved the Little Jack and Jill contest. I’d never watched it before,” she says. Queen contestants are judged in three categories. In the first, the girls are asked to dress in a way that represents their favorite fair activity. Kamman zipped a stuffed frog into her sweatshirt as a nod to her personal favorite, the frog jumping contest. The second and third categories send potential queens through a round of interviews. She says that was the most challenging part of the pageant for her. “I was very nervous. I was reading over my application time and time again, worried that I was going to stumble over my words,” she admits. For her final interview, Kamman wore a purple evening gown. “It was awesome,” she remembers. “My mom and grandma helped pick it out.” As it turned out, this was not the last time that family would play an important role in helping her succeed in the pageant. Kamman credits her answer in her final interview as an inspiration from her grandparents. “My question was, ‘What is one thing you would like to accomplish before you die?’ I told them that

I would like to visit all 50 states because my grandparents have a map in their house with a pushpin in every place that they’ve been, and I’d like to do that, too.” Looking back, she says that she’s grown in her communication skills as a result of her experience in the pageant. “I think it really prepared me for some real-life situations. The interview helped me become more comfortable talking to people. It gave me a lot of people skills.” Last year, as she was preparing to compete, Kamman had the chance to ask the former queens for advice. Now, as reigning queen, she helps the next crop of girls who have the same dream she did. “Have fun and make sure you do everything that the program coordinators suggest,” she tells the girls. “Get to every event that you possibly can, because it’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You get tired, and it seems long, but it goes by so quickly, and you’ll wish you could do it all over again.”


fair fit continued from page 18 “I stress out so badly, and when I stress out, I lash out at my family. I need to figure out how to deal with stress in a more effective way.” According to Bonnett, Bartholomew County is making strides in many areas of healthy living, but there’s still room for improvement. She credits the county for providing local opportunities to learn more about healthy living, but cites local statistics that indicate a persisting need for change. “We still have growth potential in improving our total health as an entire community,” she says. Both Bonnett and Bearson believe that before real lifestyle changes can occur, people need awareness and information, and the fair is the perfect place to provide that. “Fair week is such a good time to implement this program because you have such a variety of people there,” says Bearson. Bonnett notes that in addition to the 700 4-H members in Bartholomew County who participate in the fair, an average day at the fair sees nearly 14,000 visitors.

“I just hope people will be able to walk away from this and feel better and take what they’ve learned and help their families learn it. I’m looking forward to the impact it’s going to have.” Laney Bearson, a Fair Fit committee member who is in her ninth year with 4-H Bearson hopes Fair Fit will attract children especially. “If you teach kids about all this now, they’ll start practicing these habits early, and it won’t be as hard for them later.” Fair Fit, Bonnett points out, is not just a new program for the fair. Funded by a Think Farm grant, Fair Fit is the product of the Bartholomew County 4-H Junior Leaders’ initiative and vision for a healthier community. “I just hope people will be able to walk away from this and feel better and take what they’ve learned and help their families learn it,” says Bearson. “I’m looking forward to the impact it’s going to have.”

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Josey Rutan with her goats, Celea, Bianca and Cleopatra.

time and dedication required for

raising livestock By Jennifer Willhite n photos by Madeline Hodek

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howing livestock is considered a staple of the 4-H experience for young members. Many area youths spend several months of the year raising, training, grooming and preparing animals for show during fair week. So what is it about showing animals that 4-H members find so intriguing? It’s the camaraderie and life lessons the experience teaches. The Daily siblings have a sound appreciation for all that’s involved in showing livestock. For the past three years, Kaylan, Lynsey, Ethan, Garrett and Layton have participated in several livestock projects together. Having shown mostly cattle, the Dailys are what you might call pros. Both Kaylan, 18, and Lynsey, 17, agree 4-H participation teaches responsibility and offers opportunities for personal growth.

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“It’s a lot of work,” says Kaylan, a 10-year 4-H member. ”Sometimes you have to give up time hanging out with your friends, because your animals come before your personal life.” Lynsey says the projects definitely force one to learn proper time management and organizational skills. The sisters agree the fair is something the whole family looks forward to. For Ethan, 11, last year’s fair was a learning experience. It was the first year he participated in showing cattle. Ethan was proud as could be when he was able to show a cow named Lily. “He was the happiest kid in the world,” says Lynsey. “I promise you that. He thought it was so cool, because he was showing in the ring.” This year, Ethan is looking forward to showing Oreo, his Belted Galloway. Acknowledging 4-H can be a big commit-


ment, Garrett and Layton say the projects consume a lot of time. And during fair week it cuts into sleep time. They say having to get up so early is one of the most challenging things. Layton says an average day may start around 6 a.m. and go until nearly 11 p.m. or midnight. “You have to put a lot of work and time into it,” says Layton. “And it’s a lot of time to take away from being with people and having fun. But if you do everything right, that is the most fun week of your summer.” For the first time, this year Kaylan and Lynsey are competing for fair queen. Although both are excited about the pageant, they say they don’t have a plan on how they’re going to handle it if one of them wins. Josey Rutan, 18, has been involved in 4-H for 10 years. Having shown dairy goats, pigs and steer, she says the most challenging part is working with the animals to get them to show quality. But, like the Dailys, she says responsibility is at the core of her projects. Josey’s mother, Elly, says she’s always encouraged her children to take ownership of their projects. Of course, Elly says, she helps out when needed, like if one of the animals experiences a difficult birth. But the rest is up to Josey. During the school year, Josey is up well before most teens. Rising before 5 a.m., she has to milk, prepare bottles and feed the young goats before leaving for school. Once she gets home, she goes out to give evening bottles. On the weekends, it’s time to clean stalls and perform general maintenance in preparation for the upcoming week. Despite the long hours, she says it’s all worth it. “It’s fun, and you learn responsibility,” she says. “You’re outside spending time enjoying the day and not laying inside watching TV.” Each year, Josey picks a theme or category from which to pick out names for her animals. A couple of years ago, she went with spices as her theme, which led to a Nutmeg and Rosemary. This year, she’s chosen Shakespearean names; one of her dairy goats is named Cleopatra. Having devoted so many years to 4-H, Josey is looking back at her accomplishments and all her experiences have taught her. Among the biggest benefits of 4-H, she says,

is having the opportunity to work with younger 4-H members and meeting new people. She admits learning new things about the animals has helped her to prepare for competitions. “Just learning that when you go to show, what’s the good things about the animals and what’s the bad things,” she says. “And learning what’s the perfect animal out there for competition.” Since this will be her last year competing, she has taken on the responsibility of mentoring other girls in 4-H. Although she is done competing, she will continue to raise her goats. “I’m still going to keep them,” Josey says. “Dad said he’s going to make me start paying for the stuff. So I’m going to cut back on my goats, and I’m just going to keep the best-looking ones for other people to show.”

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Dr. Melinda Hunnicutt breaks for lunch with Matt Moyer and her daughters, Amanda, Abby and Becca Hunnicutt, at the Bartholomew County Pork Producers pavilion.

fair will feature usual mix of

food and fun By Jennifer Willhite

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hether you go for the food, to watch the people or to try the rides, the 2012 Bartholomew County 4-H Fair has much to offer. You also can cruise through the buildings to check out exhibits by local businesses and organizations. So what can fairgoers expect this year? According to Mark Case, fair board vice president and director of commercial and retail buildings, when it comes to food the Bartholomew County Pork Producers are the most popular. Some of the bigger food booths are also set to return this year, including the Conservation Club, Kiwanis and Bartholomew County Beef Cattlemen’s Association. Other fairgoer favorites, says Case, are St. Peter’s chicken noodle dinner, corn dogs, cotton candy and Rural Youth ice cream. And, of

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course, you can’t forget the lemon shake-ups and funnel cake. Larry Fisher, fair board president, says the Bartholomew County fair offers “some of the best fair food in the state of Indiana. We have everything from pork chops to corn dogs to cotton candy. “There’s nothing like fair food. If you can fry it, it’s good.” Among the hundreds of annual exhibits at the fair, the Family Arts Building houses some of the most popular exhibits. Everyone is encouraged to bring an exhibit and compete in the Open Class Division of Family Arts. Several types of exhibits are welcome, from genealogy and quilting to ceramics and woodcraft, even vegetable oddities and field crops. There are 52 sections in which you may com-


pete. Among the most popular are antiques, photography and gift wrapping. There’s even a competition for the ugliest lamp. There’s definitely a section for every personality and interest. For additional information about competing in the Open Class Division, pick up a copy of the Exhibitors Handbook available at many area businesses or visit www.bartholomewcountyfair. com. Case says the one exhibit everyone comes to enjoy is the Midway. Burton Brothers Amusements will return with fair favorites like

the Super Slide, Carousel and Gravitron. And this year, fairgoers have the opportunity to see the fair from a completely different perspective. For the first time, the Burton Brothers are introducing a dual zip line measuring more than 125 feet. July 11 is slated to be a “Nite of Thrills” at the grandstand. Sponsored by J.D. Byrider, the event will feature the first school bus demolition derby and a trailer race. Interested in drag racing? Case says the event will also include a portion called “Spectator Drags,” where anything street legal will be allowed to participate. The “Nite of Thrills” runs from 4 to 6 p.m., and admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Additional events this year will include the annual demolition derby and lawn mower demolition derby, antique and farm stock tractor pulls, and a corn hole tournament. It’s going to be a spectacular fair season. Whether you come for the food or as a spectator or participant, see you at the 2012 Bartholomew County 4-H Fair.

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4-H projects become

lessons on life By Jennifer Willhite photos by Madeline Hodek

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hen you think of 4-H, what comes to mind? Animals, right? For many area youths, 4-H projects are also a chance to express creativity through various mediums. Megan Daiker, 18, was first introduced to 4-H a decade ago by her sister, Katie. Having gone along with her to 4-H meetings, Daiker soon found herself working on her own projects. She recalls a graphic design project that unexpectedly took her all the way to the state fair a couple of years ago. “I made a brochure for our club, and I hated it,” says Daiker. “I didn’t think it was going to go anywhere. And my mom was like, ‘No, Megan, it’s really good.’ And I ended up winning grand champion at the state fair.” Regularly competing with computer projects, namely graphic design, Daiker says there aren’t too many people who compete in that category. “I don’t think it is typical 4-H,” she says. “So people don’t think of it.” Having also competed twice in cake decorating, she says she attempted the sweeter projects after “Cake Boss” became cool. Daiker most enjoys working with young children. She says among her best experiences is working with the kids at the Lil’ Hands on the Farm, an exhibit where children are able to hold, pet and interact with baby farm animals, like cows, pigs and ducks. Rebecca Greene, 18, became involved with 4-H six years ago after moving to the Rockcreek area. Introduced to 4-H by a friend, Greene says

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Cassidy Smith works on her arts and crafts project, a spoon wreath.

she has the most fun attending meetings and making new friends. But she cautions people to not jump to conclusions about 4-H. “They think it’s all about livestock and the country boys and girls,” she says. “But there’s more to it than that. It’s a way to get out there, meet new people and learn new things.” She says her first project was the most challenging. Unfamiliar with what was required, Greene chose a child development project that was more difficult than she expected. “I was new to it, and I didn’t know what I was doing,” she says. “The second year I did photography and child development.” Having chosen photography because it seemed like something she would enjoy, Greene has stuck with it. Taking action and still shots of family, sports and whatever catches her eye, she’s looking forward to replicating and perfecting last year’s shot for the 2012 4-H Open Class competition. “It was really good,” Greene says. “It was just of somebody’s driveway, and they said it would be better if there was a kid in it. I’m going to bring a kid with me this time.”


Rebecca Greene displays the photo she entered last year.

Cassidy Smith, 16, has been involved with a range of 4-H projects over the years. She says one of her most challenging projects involved sewing four placemats. With little sewing experience, the project was a bit more involved than

she’d anticipated. “The project challenged me from start to finish,” she says. “But it felt good when I finally had finished them all.” Smith says there are many benefits to participating in 4-H. Not only do you make new friends, but you’re building character. She says you not only become more responsible, but you learn to embrace your achievements and the path it took to get there. “You learn to make and achieve your goals,” she says. “And you learn to be respectful in the aspect of achieving higher than your expectations or not achieving as high as you would have liked.” Among her least favorite parts of 4-H are the formalities of registration, like filling out paperwork. Once the ink has dried and the project gets under way, that’s when the fun starts. “I would encourage younger youth to join 4-H,” Smith says. “It is the greatest feeling when you finally finished the project that you worked so hard on and achieve your goal of receiving the ribbon you wanted.”

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10-year members of

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Cole Arnholt, son of Garry and Jill Arnholt

Rebecca Brougher, daughter of Joseph and Debra Brougher

Kyler Brumley, son of Brian and Trina Brumley

Caleb Carson, son of Dan and Marcia Carson

Jackie Clouse, daughter of Evan and Janet Clouse

Jennie Clouse, daughter of Evan and Janet Clouse

Megan Daiker, daughter of Jeff and Julie Daiker

Kaylan Daily, daughter of Greg and Michelle Daily

Joyanna Decker, daughter of Scott and Laura Decker

Claire Dodd, daughter of Mark and Tina Dodd

Leah Elkins, daughter of Ron and Charlotte Elkins

Mackenzie Eppley, daughter of Mark and Tammie Eppley

Max Fischer, son of Mark and Jana Fischer

Jacob Gray, son of James and April Gray

Jasmin Johnson, daughter of Judith Johnson

Hannah Klein, daughter of Kurtis and Lisa Klein

Shelby Lowe, daughter of Doyle and Patty Lowe

Andy Lutz, son of Brenda and David Lutz

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Meredith Lutz, daughter of Jo Linda Meier

Hannah Mensendiek, daughter of Mark and Debbie Mensendiek

Emma Metz, daughter of Tim and Julie Metz

Ethan Meyer, son of Gary and Nancy Meyer

Anna Miller, daughter of Ed and Angela Miller

Zachary Morey, son of Kevin and Janet Morey

Lindsey Murphy, daughter of Mike and Stacey Murphy

Shelby Newkirk, daughter of James and Chris Newkirk

Margaret Newton, daughter of Steve and Lisa Newton

Jordan Patterson, son of Greg and Thecia Patterson

Trevor Peters, son of Ben and Joan Peters

Josey Rutan, daughter of Mark and Elly Rutan

Seleah Settle, daughter of Doug and Debbie Settle

Erica Stewart, daughter of Derek and Kristi Stewart

Justin Wallace, son of Steve and Jenny Wallace

Not pictured: Holden King, son of Tim and Amy King

Sarah Whaley, daughter of Jeffrey and Dawn Whaley

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