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July 11, 2014

ALL'S FAIR: Clark County 4-H fair opens today

CLARK COUNTY — It’s time to dust off your cowboy boots and hats. The Clark County 4-H Fair has once again opened its barn doors to the public.

Fair organizers are expecting nearly 50,000 people to attend the nine days of festivities at the Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds, located along Ind. 62 in Charlestown.

Activities begin today and continue through Saturday, July 19.

Katie Carunchia, 4-H Youth Extension Educator, said she’s hoping mild temperatures will result in a more pleasant environment for the whole family than the sweltering heat in recent years. Organizers are anticipating a bump in attendance this year as Clark County is in the midst of an election year, and many area politicians will be present to hope to sway undecided voters.

Carunchia was employed by Clark County 4-H only last year, and said she is looking forward to experiencing her first agricultural fair in the area.

“I think the Clark County fairgrounds is one of the nicer fairgrounds in the region,” Carunchia said, adding organizers work year-round to plan the fair and maintain the facilities. “The buildings are well kept and activities are well organized.”

She said fairgoers this year can experience more interaction with the animals than in previous fairs, and she’s hoping that interaction with the livestock and their handlers will be educational for the youngsters — especially those who come from the county’s urban areas.

“We have the llamas with their own barn this year. That program has grown so much, and it’s very kid-friendly. Kids from the community will have the opportunity to interact with the lamas and the rabbits, too. It’s hands-on learning.”

Carunchia said she’s been privy to a lot of excitement to a particular special event, the high-speed “mud’in.” races.

“I know the big deal for the fair board is the mud drag. That will be interesting for the pubic to see,” she said.

Carnival activities begin at 6 p.m. today at the fairgrounds, but the agricultural events do not start until Saturday morning.

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