The Huntington County 4-H Fair moves to Hier's Park this Friday, July 19, as 4-H members begin bringing their projects, including livestock, to the park.
As the livestock settles in for the week, the 4-H Fair Association will be serving up Nelson's Chicken from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. The dinner is a fund-raiser for the organization.
Competitions and displays at Hier's Park get underway on Saturday, July 20, and will continue non-stop until the last truck rolls out of the park on Thursday evening, July 25.
Several evenings of entertainment will be featured at the fair.
The opening program is set for Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m., and will include the announcement of the 2013 Outstanding 4-H Leader.
The week's entertainment includes BackWater on Sunday, Jessie Brown Co. on Monday, Jetta and the Jellybeans during a special Youth Day on Tuesday and Classic Voice on Wednesday.
BackWater, a country band that performs frequently around the area, will be the featured entertainment at the fair on Sunday, July 21, beginning at 8 p.m.
BackWater includes former Nashville performer Gene Fugate, vocals and guitar; Tom Johnson, vocals, keyboard and guitar; Lang Johnson, vocals; Rich Schwartz, bass guitar and vocals; and Adam Kiel, drums and vocals.
In addition to performing at area clubs and parties, BackWater has shared the stage with such performers as the Kentucky Headhunters, Justin Moore, Little Texas and Jo Dee Messina.
Jessie Brown Co. will perform on Monday, July 22, at 8 p.m.
Country singer-songwriter Brown, who grew up in Marion, traveled and sang with her family's southern gospel group from age 3 until she was 13. She has opened for Toby Keith and Trace Adkins.
New this year is Youth Day at the Fair, with youth-oriented activities scheduled all day on Tuesday, July 23.
The day will include the FFA Kiddie Tractor Pull at 2:30 p.m., followed by a corn hole tournament, scavenger hunt, word search and other games and activities, all to be held near the United REMC Outdoor Stage at Hier's Park. A dog demonstration will be featured at 6 p.m. and the day will end with a performance by Jetta and the Jellybeans on stage at 7:30 p.m.
Jetta and the Jellybeans, based in South Bend, targets children 9 and younger with its comedy, dancing and rock and roll music.
Jetta is a singer, songwriter and entertainer. For the past 18 years, she has geared her musical interest toward children performing with her four-piece band as Jetta and the Jellybeans.
Classic Voice will perform hits from the '50s to the '90s during its appearance at the fair on Wednesday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. The group includes brother and sister Doug Hartle and Barb Jones, along with Dave Homer, singing everything from rockabilly to rock and swing to standards.
Several 2013 4-H competitions have already been held, including the dog show, horse and pony show and tractor operators' contest, and this year's 4-H royalty were crowned last Friday, July 12.
The 4-H Llama Show will be held tonight, Monday, July 15, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club. The Cat Show will be held on Tuesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at Heritage Hall, in Hier's Park.
Judging of non-livestock projects will take place on Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, as the fairgrounds is set up at Hier's Park.
The first full day of 4-H Fair activities at Hier's Park is Saturday, July 20. Most exhibits will be open from noon to 9 p.m. that day. Livestock shows on Saturday include the Dairy Show at 12:30 p.m., the Rabbit Ambassadors Contest at 1 p.m. and the Poultry Show at 2 p.m. The 4-H Consumer Clothing and Fashion Revue closes the day's activities at 7:45 p.m., following a 7 p.m. program recognizing 4-H leaders.
Livestock shows continue on Sunday, July 21, with the Goat Show at 10 a.m. and the Market Rabbit Show at 12:30 p.m. Members in their final year of the 4-H program will be honored in a 7:30 p.m. program, followed by the BackWater concert at 8 p.m.
The Swine Show gets underway at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 22, and is expected to last most of the day. Monday's activities conclude with the Jessie Brown concert at 8 p.m.
Livestock shows on Tuesday, July 23, include the Beef Show at 9 a.m. and the Rabbit Breeding Show at 2 p.m. Tuesday is Youth Day and will close with the 7:30 p.m. performance of Jetta and the Jellybeans.
The final livestock shows of the fair take place on Wednesday, July 24, and include the Sheep Show at 8 a.m. and the Starter Calf Show at 1 p.m. Scholarships and awards will be handed out to 4-H members during a 6 p.m. program, followed by 4-H Spirit Night at 7:30 p.m.
Classic Voice performs at 7:30 p.m., and livestock not being sold in the following day's auction will start going home at 10 p.m.
Livestock auctions will begin Thursday, July 25, at 9 a.m., the final day of the fair.
A complete schedule of 4-H Fair events can be found online at www.huntingtoncountytab.com . Click on the four-leaf clover on the top left of the home page, then choose "Huntington County 4-H Fair 2013 Schedule of Events."