The Howard County 4-H Fair will return next week for its 76th year and bring carnival rides, fair food, live entertainment, and more to the east side of the county.
The exhibition runs from July 12 to 17 and will once again feature all the essentials that attendees expect. Jay Freeman, the exhibition’s chairman, said he was looking forward to a return across the state, as last year Howard County was one of a handful to continue.
“We were one of the few who were there (last year). That is for sure. But it pretty much opened up this year,” Freeman said.
While Freeman faced challenges related to the pandemic and safety last year, he’s faced a new set of challenges this year: labor shortages and rising prices.
This year, the North American Midway carnival rides won’t be offered on Mondays, as Freeman said the rides companies don’t have enough employees to prepare rides on time, and some businesses won’t be participating as vendors at this year’s big marquee because they don’t have enough employees to cover them. keep the booth.
And for the price increase, Freeman said the tent rental price increased significantly. That’s why the Russiaville Lions Club and Morning Star Church — which usually offer the popular chicken and noodles — will not attend this year.
To offset the increase in prices to fairs, parking will increase from $5 to $7, the first increase in 11 years.
Other than those changes, Freeman says fair diners can expect all the same. On Monday, the Little Miss Howard County and Miss Howard County Queen Pageant contests take place at the Community Howard Regional Hospital South Grandstand, and the KOI drag race will entertain at the Northwest Grandstand. This evening’s entertainment will be enlivened by Medicinal Bluegrass at Pioneer Village.
The rides opened on Tuesday, the Miss Howard County Queen Pageant finished, and the KOI drag race continued.
On Wednesday, Cumberland Gap will perform at Pioneer Village. The popular talent contest took place at 7 that evening. Participants must register no later than Tuesday, July 13 at howardcofair.com/talent-show/application. Tractor pull takes place at Northwest Grandstands at 7:30pm
Highlights on Thursday include performances by the Kokomo Park Band, The Stampede Band, and the 45 RPM Band, while Friday features the 10-year-old’s 4-H ceremony and Phil Dirt & the Dozers.
On Saturday, participants will be treated to a complete lineup of live music including Four on the Floor, The Page Bros., and The Time Travelers.
For rides, Shine 99 day with $1 rides is Wednesday, July 14, and bracelet day is Saturday, July 17.
There will be lots of children’s entertainment every day. The Eastern Howard Performing Arts group will perform The Merry Heart Show, Wolves of the World featuring real wolves, while the Greentown Lions Club will feature a daily Grandpa Cratchet show at Pioneer Village.
Demonstrations included sawmill demonstrations and wheat threshing demonstrations, both in Pioneer Village as well.
Regarding concessions, Freeman said most of the typical food trucks returned this year with the addition of a few new ones. The new trucks include a pizza place that cooks pies on a wood stove and a food truck that serves Chinese cuisine.
The Howard County 4-H exhibit takes place at the fairground, located at 610 E. Payton St., Greentown. For more information, visit howardcofair.com.