Cool temperatures, fun fair
The 2014 Hamilton County 4-H may be in the books, but it will certainly not be one most will forget anytime soon – mainly due to the unseasonably cool temperatures.
“We know we had good attendance because the weather was great. We had little problems like more trash and food sales were high and booths ran out of food,” Hamilton County Purdue Extension Director Susan Peterson said. “We had a lot of positive feedback. It was a great fair.”
Officials estimate between 15,000 and 20,000 people attend the annual county fair but since the fair is free there is no way to determine an actual count.
“We believe this year is on the high side,” Peterson said. “You saw so many generations. When the weather’s too hot or rainy families don’t bring the elderly or small children.”
During his 25 years as a volunteer, Phil Moore said he can’t remember a fair with weather as nice as this year.
“It was the coolest move-in day we’ve ever had that I can remember,” he said, adding the cooler temperatures have caused less stress to animals. “I haven’t had the parents or 4-H’ers come to me and say, ‘My bunny looks sick’ – not once.”
4-H’ers like Sammy Russell had different concerns about their fair animals than they are accustomed to.
“We shaved my dairy goats and they were cold that night. It was a surprise, because usually it’s hot,” she said. “Sixty to 70 degree weather the first couple of days was a big surprise.”
Henry Marshall, a 4-H’er in his eighth year, said this fair has “been nonstop, in a good way.” Marshall said his favorite memory of this year’s fair was the open youth talent show which he was emcee.
“It was a fun thing to do and a fun thing to watch,” he said.
4-H’er Kyle Schmidt of Noblesville also said he had a fun time his 10th and final year.
“It was a really great year. I had several grand champion ribbons,” he said. “Supreme Showmanship was a wonderful opportunity and my third time in there.”
Schmidt said this year will stand out for him because of his dairy goats.
“God’s been really good this year,” he said. “I won grand champion showman and had the junior and senior doe. It was a very memorable year.”
The 2015 Hamilton County 4-H Fair will be July 16 through 21.