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[r29] Column: Hamilton County Fair is finally here
Start Date: 7/16/2014 All Day
End Date: 7/16/2014
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Hamilton County fair is finally here

If you have read my columns over the last 10 years, you know that I am a huge fan of the Purdue Extension Program, and you might also know that one of my favorite weeks of the year is coming up. Since I was kid in junior high, I have always enjoyed and looked forward to the 4-H County Fair. I have many fond memories of spending time with my friends, but some of my fondest memories come from the time I spent with my mom at the fair.

My mom was a 10-year, 4-H veteran, and she always loved looking at all the exhibits, especially the clothing projects. My mother was a wonderful seamstress, and she credits her days working on projects to learning and eventually, her love of sewing. We also enjoyed walking around the grounds and not being able to walk 10 feet before seeing someone we knew. So, needless to say, a walk around the grounds could take a long time.

To this day, I still feel that same excitement and enjoyment when the county fair rolls around, and I cannot help but feel that my mom is with me every step of the way. Although the first day of the fair is technically July 17, I can assure you countless volunteers have been working non-stop to prepare for this event. The fair, which will run through July 22, could not be a success without their efforts. 

After you see the schedule of events happening, you will see is no shortage of fun and exciting things to do for the whole family. The Extension Program has a wonderful, full-time staff led by Susan Peterson, Bill Rice and Kathleen Bodhe in addition to Lisa Hanni, Cindy Kiggins, Maggie Herrington, Bernie Huber, Gloria DelGrego and Georgia Marshall, who all have their own various responsibilities. They make a great team, have worked so hard to keep our amazing 4-H program alive and our community is blessed to have such dedicated and hardworking staff. 

For many in our community, going to the 4-H County Fair is tradition. Whether you are involved in 4-H, you know someone personally, through a son, daughter or neighbor that participates in 4-H, or just come for the delicious food, the fair continues to be a highlight every year for the entire community and has something for everyone to enjoy.

As many know, those who participate in 4-H are evaluated and have the opportunity to receive awards based on their project; however, the rewards of participating in 4-H are far greater than any ribbon they might receive. Students learn how to work as a team and are taught leadership skills. They learn about healthy competition, how to think critically and expand their ability to think originally and creatively. Not to mention, the lessons learned in 4-H will stay with them forever and prepare them for any challenge they might face in the future. Most importantly, the friendships these young adults make over the years will last them a lifetime.

I am especially eager to see what our young Hoosiers are able to achieve through their hard work and perseverance this year. The 4-H Fair is a great opportunity for them to showcase their talents, and after reviewing some of their projects, I’m always amazed with the incredible talent these students and young adults possess.

Across the nation, more than 7 million youth participate in 4-H, and it has become the nation’s largest, also one of the oldest, youth development organizations. Despite living in an urban, suburban or rural community, 4-H is for everyone. Since many young adults learn best through a “hands-on” approach, the organization does an excellent job of using this method to instruct participants in the areas of science, healthy living and food security. For those interested in learning more about 4-H, please visit

If you know someone between the ages of 8-18, I hope you encourage them to become part of our community’s 4-H family. We have an incredible program as I’m sure you will notice from the amazing exhibits at the fair. There is a wide spectrum of kids that participate since Hamilton County has several urbanized as well as rural areas. This diversity really makes for an incredible blend of projects displayed every year.

It has been an honor and privilege to serve on Hamilton County Extension Board. Now, in my 16th year helping with the board, I have always loved working with everyone. They are truly the hardest working folks I know. With the amount of work required to make each year a success, preparing for the fair is a year round process. I applaud their efforts and want to thank everyone; the project leaders, the judges, the building and grounds staff, vendors and especially the youth who participate. They truly make each year amazing by volunteering their time. The fair as well as the 4-H program would not be possible without their effort or support from the entire community.

If this is your first year, remember that parking and admission is free, and this is one event in our community that you will not want to miss, especially the food. My list of favorites is long, but the Chicken and Noodles are top on my list; with elephant ears, lemon shake-ups and corn-on-the-cob all a close 2nd. Did I also mention there will be milk shakes, rib-eyes, grilled cheeses and cobblers as well? I think, if you catch my drift, there is something for everyone.

If you have not already, I hope you start making plans to attend at least one of the days the 4-H fair is running. I will be there every day, cutting pies in the Homemakers Kitchen, helping with the ice cream contest or pet parade, announcing at the livestock auction or just walking around the grounds, so please make sure to say stop and say hi. 

Once again, a big thank you to everyone for helping make the Hamilton County 4-H Fair one of the best in the state! Get ready and I will see you at the fair!


Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville)
Contact Information:
Name: Ben Gavelek
Phone: 317-232-9831
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