Carnival comes to 162nd Delaware County Fair in Muncie IN

Free zip line on Monday big draw

By Rick Yencer

MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) -  A big crowd turned out Sunday for the motor cross as the 162nd Delaware County Fair kicked into high gear for the carnival that begins on Monday.

Delaware County commissioner Sherry Riggin talked about her days as a 4-H member showing dairy cows from her family's Riggin Dairy besides home economics like sewing.

Her current passions among 4-H projects include scrap books that are popular among the girls and goats which have seen an increase in numbers during recent fairs.

Hundreds of people were on the fair grounds for the last free day Sunday, watching the 4-H beef show or paying to be in the Grandstand watching motor cross races. On Monday, the gate goes up and it's $5 for a car load or $2 to walk in.

The gate is necessary to keep the fair board profitable regardless of other 4-H fairs in central Indiana that are entirely free.

The fair board insists on gated events whether in the grandstand or the carnival just to make money to run the fairgrounds, says fair board President Jane Lasater.

On Sunday, all eyes were on the beef show as dozens of 4-Hers showed their prize livestock.

Mikayle Licht won the grand champion beef competition with her black Hereford steer that has competed open shows in Indiana and Ohio. The family operates a cattle farm in northern Delaware County and Licht is a nine-year 4-H member.

Family and friends surrounded her after the champion award to congratulate her. The beef show is among livestock competitions this week before the livestock auction on Wednesday that sends winning animals to market.

Look for the swine show on Monday with hog wrestling in the grandstand Monday night.

There also will be a free concert with the popular Cook & Bell Monday with a free zip line that will return on Thursday. Souled Out Band will play Wednesday that is also demolition derby day besides the livestock auction.

Carly King said Bob Walsh of Baskin Robbins of Central Indiana will have inflatable play scapes and his popular rock wall at the fair this week besides the zip line.

Riggin believed there were more 4-H competitors with more livestock and other exhibits at the Memorial Hall. Those exhibits will stay through Wednesday and patrons can still come free during day.

The traditional rodeo will be Saturday with a $10 gate at the grandstand besides regular admission. That popular Delaware County Idol contest will be Saturday with the winner competing in the Indiana State Fair competition. The deadline is Monday to enter.

And there's $5 free play coupons in the fair programs with talk that Hoosier Park might bring harness racing to the fairgrounds during the off season.

In all, Lasater expects a big crowd for the weekly event when the carnival opens Monday.


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