County 4-H Fair July 19 through July 25
free ice cream at the fair
The only thing better than ice
cream at the county fair on a hot summer day - is free ice cream!
Well, the ice cream is not entirely free, but almost. According
to Mary Schmaltz everyone who gives blood at the Hoxworth Bloodmobile
will get a free ice cream cone courtesy of the Farm Bureau. Those
donating will also be registered to win one of two Reds ticket
The blood drive will be held Tuesday evening, July 21 from 2-8
p.m. at the Ripley County Fairgrounds Park where the 4-H fair
will be in full swing. To make an appointment you can call Schmaltz
Nearly 700 4-Hers will converge on the Ripley County Fairgrounds
Park in Osgood for the 2009 4-H Fair, scheduled for July 19 through
July 25. According to LouAnn Menchhofer, Extension Educator 4-H/Youth
CFS, there are more 4-Hers than ever this year bringing
the number of projects to 2303, up over last years total
The fairgrounds park will be buzzing with excitement as the 4-H
members begin bringing in everything from photography to livestock.
Menchhofer noted food, photography and animal projects are some
of the more popular.
Goats are once again popular with varieties including boar, dairy
and pygmy. The photography category will require four judges this
year, more than has ever participated due to the high volume of
projects. Menchhofer noted that there is new penning in the sheep
and goat barn.
This year you will see members of the Youth Advisory Board in
shirts denoting their status thanks to Farm Bureau and Zimmer
Tractor. This is the third year the board has been operational
and what a blessing theyve been to 4-H noted
The group is comprised of 25 members in the fifth through senior
year of high school from across the county. They are 4-H members
who listen to their members, get together, and work toward programming
for all 4-Hers. These kids are outstanding,
Menchhofer noted of the diverse group. They have implemented new
ideas for categories with welding being an example that got off
to a running start and is now going strong.
Highlights of the fair
Sunday night will be the official grand opening for the 2009 4-H
fair with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the free stage,
located by shelter #2. Following the grand opening will be the
crowning of the 2009 4-H Junior Leader King and Queen and the
presentation of the 2009 Ripley County Queen and Court. The Miss
Ripley County pageant will be held this Sunday, July 12 at the
Damm Theatre in Osgood.
The Antique Tractor Pull will be showcased in the grandstand Sunday
evening July 19 beginning at 4 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday will be wristband nights where
children can ride all the rides they want for one price - $15.00.
The price is the same as last year with Fun Time Carnival operating
Monday evening the popular baby show will begin at 5:30 p.m. Note
the time is later than ever before. This is to accommodate working
parents, according to Menchhofer. The contest will be held at
the free stage. Grandstand activities will include a tractor pull,
sponsored by the Osgood Lions Club.
Tuesday nights grandstand event will be the national pedal
pullers and racers at 5 p.m. followed by Motor Cross at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday night the 4-H Horse and Pony Show will begin at 5:00
p.m. at the Ripley County Equine Center. The Demolition Derby
will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the grandstands.
Thursday afternoon you can see the Pygmy Goat Show at 1:00 p.m.
at the sheep and goat barn and show arena. Quad and Cycle Flat
Drags will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstands.
Friday the 4-H Livestock Auction will begin at 3 p.m. in the show
arena. The auction will begin with sheep and poultry will be the
last entry. Last year the auction brought $147,057. Grandstand
events on Friday and Saturday will be sponsored by the Osgood
Fire Department. The popular truck drags will begin at 7:30 p.m.
There will be local entertainment on the free stage nightly, according
to Julie Brancamp, park manager.
If you havent been to the fair for a while, youll
be surprised at all of the changes, noted Menchhofer. She
encouraged the community to come out, enjoy the many exhibits
the 4-H members have worked hard on, get some great food, and
enjoy the grandstand events and more.
The park is one of the nicest in the area and is constantly updated
thanks to many grants, groups, and volunteers who make it possible.
Editors note: Watch for more information on the fair in
upcoming issues of the Osgood Journal and The Versailles Republican
where a complete listing of events will be published.