After a distinct lack of a carnival at the last 4-H Fair, Fair Board President Ron Rensberger said the board has decided to bring it back this year. Rensberger said that while people expressed a desire for a carnival, it was a matter of finding one that both looks good and boasts safety. The former carnival is no longer available because of changes in cost and scheduling, and Rensberger said that the fair will be booking Circus City Amusements to entertain visitors.
Rensberger said that it’s hard to find a carnival because of the number of fairs and festivals throughout the state competing for the attractions, but Circus City Amusements came with good recommendations from other carnivals. Despite their small size, Rensberger said the circus will be able to handle the 4-H Fair crowd, but they’re still negotiating for discounted days for this year’s fair.
Also returning this year is the Beautiful Baby contest, run by St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, and Rensberger said the event always draws a huge crowd. On top of that, this year the fair will be boasting Barnyard Olympics, a new event that was well-received last year. He said the Olympics are a good chance to allow kids to go wild and have a good time after spending a long week competing in the animal shows.
To get the latest information regarding the fair, call the Extension office at (574) 935-8545. A schedule is expected on the Fair Board’s website by the end of the month with a printed schedule to be distributed to local businesses. The fair will take place July 14–20.