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Visitors to the last week's Perry County 4-H fair had the chance to see and take part in a variety of activities. Busy 4-H'ers proudly displayed their projects and livestock exhibits. 4-H'ers and visitors took part in games, wrestled hogs, listened to music, saw motocross and demolition derbies and saw young people compete in contests and pageants.
It should go without saying that our county fair doesn't happen without the hard work of lots of people. 4-H'ers take the limelight, deservedly, during the fair and they have worked hard for months. They also volunteer their efforts during the fair but dozens of adult leaders and volunteers make the fair the annual success it is.
The Purdue Extension staff labor for much of the year on the fair and members of several support groups, including volunteers who serve on steering, fairgrounds and livestock committees, shoulder many duties preparing the fairgrounds, checking in and judging projects and even encouraging local businesses to take part in the livestock auction. Volunteers take money at the gate, gather trash, chaperone buildings, fry countless fair burgers and oversee several days of activities.
Many of these unsung heroes take a week's vacation from their jobs to devote to the fair. They're devoting time that might otherwise be spent relaxing on developing our county's youth. They extend a fair tradition that goes back decades.
We tip our hats to their hard work. Like too many volunteers, their efforts go unnoticed by many of us who visit the fair for a few hours. We want them to know their hard work is appreciated.
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