By Sadie Hunter
The Hamilton County 4-H Fair will begin this week at the fairgrounds at 2003 Pleasant St. in Noblesville, running July 20-24.
In addition to more than 4,000 4-H projects on display, fairgoers can see baby chicks and rabbits, experience a grain bin safety simulation, enjoy live music, dance demonstrations and food – including elephant ears, corn on the cob, funnel cakes, walking tacos, milkshakes, pork chops, rib-eyes, lamb burgers, rabbit brats, lemon shake-ups and more.
Mark these community-favorite events on your calendar:
Hamilton County 4-H Queen Pageant
7 p.m. July 14
4-H Robotics Demonstration
Noon to 4 p.m. July 20
2 to 6 p.m. July 20 and 21. Blood drive participants will receive special discounts for fair food and a free ticket to the Indiana State Fair. The mobile unit will be located north of the Swine Barn.
Greg Rhodes Concert
7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., July 21
Homemade Ice Cream Contest
6:30 p.m. July 22. Bring the family recipe and join the fun at the Homemade Ice Cream Contest. The contest will be held on the east side of the Show Arena and is open to all Hamilton County residents. Each team (two to four people) will have 40 minutes to make their favorite ice cream recipe. Prizes will be awarded in youth and adult categories for electric freezer and hand crank freezer. Teams must furnish their own supplies and register in the 4-H office by 10 a.m. July 21. To learn more, visit extension.purdue.edu/hamilton. Forms also are available in the Purdue Extension Hamilton County Office.
Cooke and Belle Concert
7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. July 22
Extension Homemakers Food & Craft Show
All day, July 22 and 23. The Hamilton County Extension Homemakers are sponsoring an open food and craft show. The contest is open to any Hamilton County resident or Hamilton County Extension Homemaker over the age of 18. Entries are to be submitted for closed judging July 22. To obtain a complete list of guidelines, divisions and classes, stop by the Purdue Extension Hamilton County Office, or call 317-776-0854. Entry forms can be found at extension.purdue.edu/hamilton, or participants may register from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. July 22 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds. An entry fee of $1 per item is payable at time of entry.
Cornfields & Crossroads Concert
2 to 4 p.m. July 23
South Harbor Studio Concert
5 p.m. July 23
6 p.m. July 23. Youth and their pets can explore their creativity by dressing in costumes to participate in the Hamilton County 4-H Pet Parade, held in the Rabbit Tent (west of the O.V. Winks building). Participants must be 2-8 years of age and be accompanied by their favorite pet. All participants will receive a ribbon, and awards will be given to the most creative participants. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. Proof of rabies vaccinations must be provided at time of registration.
Color Me Green Fun Run
11:30 a.m. July 24. Hamilton County residents can join the Hamilton County 4-H Program in its third annual 1-mile Color Me Green Fun Run. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. in front of the commercial tent on the south side of the fairgrounds. The cost to participate is $10. Proceeds from the event will go to the Purdue Extension Hamilton County Education Fund for youth programming. Volunteers also will be collecting canned goods during registration. All goods collected will be donated to a local food pantry.
Youth Talent Contest
2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. July 24