4-H in full swing at Delaware County Fair in Muncie IN
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - Brenda Lane was surveying hundreds of 4-H projects in the Memorial Building Wednesday afternoon just when a fast moving thunderstorm struck Delaware County.
Better close those doors, she said, as a handful of people looked over exhibits as judging was winding up for sports shooting, recycling, reading, sports and sport fishing.Judging already handed out ribbons for 30 other categories. And most livestock moves in Thursday with that judging over the weekend and the main fair beginning on Monday.
Lane, superintendent of the Memorial Building exhibits, said there was lots of interest in woodworking, electric and sport shooting with other projects like recycling and food seeing fewer entries. The Memorial Building opens Friday for the public to see the hard work of 4-H youth numbering about 400 in Delaware County.
There was also some farm equipment, both old and new on the grounds thanks to Reynolds Equipment, the central Indiana John Deere dealer and Richard Howe, benefactor of Cammack with his fleet of antique tractors, fire trucks and other equipment.
Larry Clendenin, longtime fair board member, was manning the office, talking about the upcoming events like the big 4-H animal auction on July 17, Band Day July 18 and the rodeo on July 20.
But the history of the 161st fair is always interesting, starting as a community picnic, becoming a farm and industry show and now being more of a youth oriented and social event with government backing that keeps the fairgrounds maintained.
Cameron Troy, a 10-year 4-Her, was working with the front office to deliver supplies and help with judging and other events. A media major at Vincennes University, Troy talked about how 4-H was much of his teenage life and how he always liked the fair and all the 4-H program taught him.
There also will be some unique visits at the fair like the Pacers Fan Van on July 16, a local American Idol contest July 16-17 and a visit by the son of Elvis Presley Jr, who plays in Las Vegas and Branson on July 19.
Of course, no fair would be without a queen, and Caitlyn Thomas, a senior at Waphani High School, won that honor last month. Thomas shows hogs at the fair and has nine years in 4-H.
On Monday, the gate goes up and it is $2 to walk in or $5 for a car load of fairgoers.Mid America Shows is still the carnival and there will be other free music and events over the next 10 days.