2008 queen to be crowned Monday; motocross, demo derby returning

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - Perry County's annual 4-H Fair, which kicks off Sunday and continues through next week, offers something for everyone. Major activities early in the week include Sunday's dog show and Monday's crowning of the 2008 4-H queen and king.

Fairgrounds activities later in the week include livestock-judging events Wednesday and Thursday, Friday's livestock auction and Saturday's pig-wrestling contest and mechanical-bull rodeo. Evening activities that have drawn large crowds at past fairs are motocross racing Friday, July 11, and a demolition derby July 12.

A complete schedule of events can be found on Page 3A.

County 4-H'ers will check in their projects from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, with this year's dog show starting at 5 p.m. Monday's 4-H Queen and King Contest begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes the annual review of 4-H'ers' clothing fashions.

Opening ceremonies for this year's fair are scheduled for noon Wednesday with exhibits opening to the public that afternoon. The Little Miss and Mr. Contest begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by 6:30 p.m. horse and pony halter and pleasure events. Sheep judging closes out Wednesday's schedule at 7 p.m.

Livestock judging continues Thursday, with afternoon dairy and goat exhibitions and the evening swine and beef shows. A Cornhole tourney, a new event to this year's 4-H fair, starts at 4 p.m. Horse and pony games begin at 6:30 p.m.

Friday's events start with a farm-safety demonstration at 9 a.m. and Fun Day activities from 1 to 3 p.m. Horse and wagon rides will be offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with the livestock auction starting at 5:30. Back this year is motocross racing at 7 p.m. Friday. Musicians Sam Snyder and Andrew Estes will perform at 7:30.

Final-day activities Saturday include a dressed-pet parade at noon, followed by pig wrestling at 1 p.m. and mechanical-bull riding at 2.

A March of Dimes Sunshine Baby Contest kicks off at 1 p.m. and musicians Heath LaGrange and Jacob Lawalin will perform at 4:30 p.m. Pork-chop dinners will be served at 3 p.m. with fair-goers given the opportunity to donate blood from 2 to 4 p.m.

A FFA mini tractor pull gets under way at 4:30 with the mechanical-bull rodeo kicking off at 6. The demolition derby begins at 7.

Fairgrounds admission Wednesday and Thursday, July 9-10, is $1 per person and $5 per person Friday and Saturday, July 11-12. Admission July 11-12 is free to children ages 9 and younger.