Country Nights and Carnival Lights – Starke County 4-H Fair Preview

 It is 4-H fair season and as things wrap up in Pulaski County they’re just getting started at the Starke County fairgrounds in Hamlet. The fair begins this Saturday, July 11 and will run until next Sunday, July 19. The follow is a list of just some of the events the fair has to offer this year.

On Saturday, 4-H members can bring their open class exhibit entries to the open class building from 8:30 until 11:30 am. Sunday morning from 7 am until noon there will be a pancake breakfast at the Lion’s food Stand. The Pack Pal Show begins at 9:30 am in the show arena. At 10 am the horse and pony show will commence in the horse arena. 4-H members can enter cat projects at 10 am in the show arena, the cat show will follow at 11 am. The rabbit and Guinea pig show will be held in the show arena at 1 pm.

Starting Monday and lasting until Friday WKVI will be doing a live broadcast at the fair from 2 to 6 pm in the Farm Bureau Building. A bake sale will be held in the open class building at 5 pm on Monday. The 4-H Club Parade will commence at 6 pm and move from the 4-H building to the show arena. Opening ceremonies follow the parade at 6:15 in the show arena. There will be a doughnut eating contest at 7 pm in the 4-H food pavilion. The second annual singing competition, WKVIdol will start at 8pm in the show arena.

On Tuesday Starke County Beef Breeder’s Ribeye Sandwiches will be available at the 4-H food pavilion. An antique tractor pull is scheduled at 4 pm at the pull track and ‘square dancing tractors is scheduled to happen in the same place at 7 pm.

On Wednesday a Psi Iota Xi sponsored healthy baby contest open to individuals who reside within the county will take place at 5 pm in the show arena. Registration for the contest depends on the age of the child. Parents with babies from 0 to 6 months can register at 5 pm and judging will start at 5:30 pm. Parents with babies from 7 to 12 months old can register at 5:30 pm and judging will start at 6 pm. Babies anywhere from 13 to 18 months can be registered at 6 pm and the judging will start at 6:30 pm.

There will be a free lunch sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor from 11 am until 2 pm on Thursday in the 4-H food pavilion. An antique tractor show is scheduled from 5 until 7 pm at the pull track. St. Matthew’s Church is sponsoring a corn hole contest at 6 pm in the patio north of the food court. At 7 pm in the show arena there will be a 4-H trophies and Awards program.

Battle of the barns will take place on Friday in the farm bureau building at 1 pm. The 4-H livestock auction will commence at 5 pm in the show arena. At the Lion’s Club Entertainment Patio, the Drug and Tobacco Free Starke County and The Sheriff’s Department of Starke County will be sponsoring an impaired driving test from 6 until 8 pm.

On Saturday, July 18 from 7 am until noon animals should be removed and pens need to be cleaned. From 10 until 11:30 am 4-H and Open Class exhibits will be released. The kids day and fun games will start at 11 am in the show arena followed by a garden tractor pull at noon in the pull track next to the horse arena.

On final day of the fair, Sunday July 19th The Hamlet Fire Department is sponsoring at truck and tractor pull at 5 pm. For a more detailed list of what to expect during this year’s fair check out the 2015 Starke County 4-H Fair Schedule of Events.