According to officials with Purdue Extension’s Pulaski County offices, recent rains and flooding have caused the water at the site. Hope remains though that the 4H fair and Pulaski County Community will still be held at the fairgrounds.
County Extension Director Natalie Federer says the site will simply take some clean-up.
“Two years ago we had this same problem,” says Federer. “We had water in buildings two days before projects came in, and we were still able to get them ready for project judging and we got along great. So we feel we’ve done the impossible before and we can do it again.”
All but two buildings at the site are out of the water.
According to Purdue Extension, the 4H dog show will be held at the Winamac Community High School Soccer Field. Those participating in the horse and pony show will also be moved, according to Federer.
Alternative locations can act as a back-up should additional rain in the forecast prevent the fairgrounds from drying out. The fair plans to continue regardless of conditions at the fairgrounds.
Federer says waiting for the buildings to dry is only part of the preparation process.
“Normally there’s a lot of sediment and mud that comes into all those buildings, so we actually pressure wash the inside and outside of the buildings,” says Federer.
The fair – which will take place July 3rd through the 9th – was pushed back by one week this year. The additional time may allow the grounds time to dry prior to the fair.