Huntington County's 4-H Fair royalty to be crowned on July 17

Seven young women will vie for the right to reign over this year's Huntington County 4-H Fair.

The royalty title will be awarded on Friday, July 17, the first official day of the fair.

Preliminary 4-H Fair activities get under way this weekend, though, with the 4-H Dog Show set for Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, with the Tractor Operators' Contest also scheduled for Sunday, July 12.

Both the dog show and tractor contest will be held at Hier's Park, with start times of 1 p.m. Dog show events on Saturday include obedience and showmanship, with Sunday's event including rally, agility and costume classes.

The 4-H parade, from the Huntington County Courthouse to Hier's Park, signals the official start of the fair. The parade steps off on Friday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. he royalty title will be awarded the same day, with the competition set for 8 p.m. at Huntington North High School.

Participants in the royalty contest are:

• Kiela Clore, 18, a 10-year 4-H member and the daughter of Dave and Melissa Clore, of Huntington.

Clore is a member of the Wizards and Huntington Hummers clubs. She plans to attend Purdue University.

• Alli Harris, 18, a 10-year member and the daughter of Ken and Bev Harris, of Rock Creek Township.

Harris, who plans to study education at Purdue University, is a member of the Helping Hands, Junior Leaders and Huntington Hummers 4-H clubs.

• Cheyann Hibbert, 17, a nine-year 4-H member and the daughter of Steven and Karla Stoltz, of Washington Township in Whitley County.

Hibbert is a member of the Blue Ribbon Riders 4-H Club and has a career goal of working in pediatric orthopedics.

• Mindi Hoffman, 17, a nine-year member and the daughter of Kirk and Judy Hoffman, of Clear Creek Township in Whitley County.

Hoffman is a member of the Hoosier Boosters 4-H Club and plans to study nursing at the University of Indianapolis.

• Erin Knight, 16, a nine-year 4-H member and the daughter of Terry and Sherry Knight, of Jefferson Township.

Knight is a member of the T-Bone Club and plans to attend Purdue University.

• Leigh Ann Reed, 18, a 10-year member and the daughter of Greg and Ruth Reed, of Union Township.
Reed is a member of the Farmer Lads and Neighborhood Workers 4-H Club. She plans to attend Manchester College.

• Brittney Stephan, 16, an eight-year member and the daughter of Tami and Ernie Stephan, of Warren Township.

Stephan is a member of the Champion Achievers, Waggin' Tails, Pets-n-Vets, Warren Township Wranglers and Junior Leaders 4-H clubs. She plans to study at Purdue University.

Highlights of the first week of the fair include the Horse and Pony Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19; the Llama Show on Monday, July 20; and the Cat Show on Tuesday, July 21.

The fairgrounds at Hier's Park will be set up beginning Wednesday, July 22, and will enter their projects on Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24.

Activities at the Hier's Park fairgrounds are in full sing Saturday, July 25, through Thursday, July 30.