The Ripley County fair, slated for July 21-27 at Osgood’s fairgrounds, “is the celebration of another year in 4-H.” David Osborne, the county’s Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service director, points out, “Every animal and every project will be new.”
Two fresh grandstand events will ramp up the excitement. On Monday at 7:30 p.m. the horse pull features teams of usually two horses tugging weighted sleds.
Adult and youth teams of four (two girls and two guys) will compete during Wednesday’s barnyard Olympics at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Farm Bureau. The winners will be selected based on lowest times in six to eight events. Spectators will see “some of the old, fun games they used to play around the farm when they didn’t have videos,” such as rolling bales of hay, stacking hay and running while carrying an egg on a spoon.
The remaining grandstand events are favorites: Sunday, 7:30 p.m., greased pig contest; Tuesday, 7 p.m., garden tractor pull; Thursday, 7:30 p.m., quad, cycle and side-by-side flat drags; Friday, 7 p.m., truck drags; Saturday, 7:30 p.m., truck and tractor pull.
Grandstand fees are $7 for adults and $3 for children. In addition, parking is $2, and attendees can purchase $5 passes that can be used all week.
Osborne expects over 2,000 projects to be on display. “Whether it’s cookies ... or the grand champion steer,” when projects are completed, “hopefully they learn lifelong skills.” He observes, “In Ripley County, we have over 500 kids in 4-H and more than two-thirds of those are involved in some form of animal projects.
The livestock category “is big in Ripley County because of our agricultural background.” The 4-H members “don’t spend an exorbitant amount of money on their animals” like other places. “They’ve learned responsibility and animal husbandry and how to feed and care for the animal.”