Tractor pulls, rodeos, and the smell of grilled burgers all signify that the Jasper County Fair is officially underway. Some of my earliest childhood memories come from the fair; watching livestock auctions, hearing live performances, and of course, eating the delicious food, but the two things I enjoy most are seeing the familiar faces and the sense of community that can be felt.
Marking its 89th year since inception, the fair’s festivities last until Friday. Each fun-filled day is jam-packed with activities for the whole family, some at little or no cost to you. Each year, volunteers, support staff and community members put forth considerable effort and great care to ensure the fair’s success, and I appreciate the extensive amount of behind the scenes work done to make that happen.
One of my personal favorites and ‘must-see’ attractions are all of the 4-H exhibits. Aisle after aisle of remarkable exhibits testify to the level of expertise these young Hoosiers, known as 4-H’ers, have devoting themselves to a specific trade. Whether it’s showcasing groomed rabbits, preparing livestock for auctions or displaying creative works of art, 4-H’ers test their capabilities by working to distinguish themselves on various projects. By volunteering time, energy and resources, 4-H’ers develop leadership qualities, learn teamwork and technical skills early in life. Although exhibits are judged and awarded, every participant is a winner by acquiring a lifelong set of skills and learning lessons, working to ensure their future success.
Events at the grandstand are another must-see. Demolition and lawnmower derbies, motocross racing and the rodeo are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. A Free Stage is available as well where you can see groups like Karli Edging and Night Shift perform live.
With general admission and many exhibits free, I encourage you and your family to join me in participating and visiting all the festivities. As the temperature continues to increase, please remember to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and lookout for one another throughout the day.
For those that I’m unable to see at the fair and wish to get ahold of me, I’m always available via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 317-232-9509. As always, I appreciate those who have contacted me with their questions and concerns, so please continue to let me know how I can serve you best. I look forward to seeing you all at the fair and for additional information on exhibits, events or showcases, visitwww.jaspercoutnyfair.com.