The Daviess County 4-H Show kicks off this week and when visitors come onto the grounds atop the hill in Eastside Park, they are sure to notice a few changes.
“We have 436 Daviess County youth who will be sharing and displaying their talents,” said Jane Ann Beard, 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator. “Grades three through 12 will be showing everything from crafts to rabbits to photography, woodworking, goats, the list goes on.”
And nearly 100 Mini 4-H’ers will also have projects including foods, crafts, My Pet and Me, farm animals and collections among others on display.
While the projects may be new each year, the biggest change those heading to the show will likely notice are the upgrades to the facilities.
“While at the grounds be sure to take a tour and see the new mega species livestock building as well as the improvements in other areas of the grounds,” said Beard, adding the upgrades are part of a multi-year improvement plan that is being funded through support from the community. “Community support for the grounds upgrades, building and more have been outstanding and so greatly appreciated.”
The mega species barn merged the former swine barn with the structures that once housed goats, cattle and sheep and created a new shavings pit as well as wash area for the animals.
More upgrades, including improved parking and a new concession stand among others, are also planned.
“Stay tuned for future improvements,” said Beard.
While 4-H’ers haven’t checked in most of their projects yet, there are a couple of events that take place before the show goes into full swing next week. The fashion revue and public speaking contest and demonstration was held Tuesday but there’s still more to come this week.
Tonight, beginning at 6 p.m., the community is invited to the grounds to watch high flying hounds in the agility contest.
Beard said those attending the agility contest should bring lawn chairs.
At 8:30 Saturday morning, the horse and pony show will take place and on Sunday the exhibit building will open for the first time for public viewing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit building will open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday and from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. through Thursday.
Monday will see 4-H’ers and Mini 4-H’ers show poultry and livestock. Tuesday’s events include the cat show and swine show. Wednesday will be the rabbit show, dairy show and beef show and on Thursday, the goat show will be held. Friday’s events include dog obedience, round robin showmanship contest, 10-year member presentations and the livestock auction.
Beard sais once again this year, with the donation of five canned goods, community members can earn a free ticket to the Indiana State Fair that begins in August.
“The Indiana State Fair is partnering with the Indiana Association of Fairs and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry to implement a FAIRS Care County Food Drive,” said Beard, who said the goal of the project is to raise awareness of local hunger and help feed Hoosiers impacted by hunger needs. “Locally, Daviess County 4-H will partner with Feed My Sheep, Odon and Washington sites, to provide non-perishable food items.”
Five non-perishable food items equals one ticket to the state fair. Tickets are limited to one per person.
Daviess County 4-H Show Schedule
6 p.m. — Dog Agility, 4-H grounds
Saturday, July 13
8:30 a.m. — Horse and Pony Show, 4-H horse arena
Sunday, July 14
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — 4-H Exhibit Building open to public
Monday, July 15
2 p.m. — Poultry Show, Mini 4-H Poultry Class followed by 4-H Poultry Show
7 p.m. — Sheep Show, Mini 4-H Sheep Show followed by 4-H Sheep Show
7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m — 4-H Building open to public
Tuesday, July 16
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. — Exhibit Buildings open to public
11 a.m. — Cat Show, Mini 4-H Cat Class followed by 4-H Cat Show, decorated cat cages classes (exhibit buildingn)
6 p.m. — Swine Show, Mini 4-H Swine Class followed by 4-H Swine Show
Wednesday, July 17
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. — 4-H Building open to public
9 a.m. — Rabbit Show, Mini 4-H Rabbit Class followed by 4-H Rabbit Show in arena
1 p.m. — Dairy Show, Mini 4-H Dairy Class followed by 4-H Dairy Show
7 p.m. — Beef Show, Mini 4-H Beef Class, followed by 4-H Beef Show followed by County Bred and Owned classes
Thursday, July 18
8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Exhibit Building open to public
4:45 p.m. — Goat opening ceremonies
5 p.m. — Goat Show, Mini 4-H Goat Class followed by 4-H Goat Show
Friday, July 19
9 a.m. — Dog Obedience Show, Mini 4-H Dog obedience and showmanship followed by 4-H Dog Show, 4-H exhibit building
10 a.m. — Round Robin Showmanship Contest, livestock arena
6:45 p.m. — 10-year member presentations, in livestock arena
7 p.m. — Livestock auction