New Gardening Award Given to a Starke County Green Thumb

greenleafA Starke County girl received a new award for outstanding gardening skills at the 4-H Fair. Knox resident Ashlie Fields was named the 4-H grand prize gardening winner. In addition, she was recognized by the fair as the Top Green Leaf 4-H Garden Award winner.

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Starke County 4-H Fair Doughnut Eating Contest


(left) Jared Draper (right) Bob Klinedinst

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance sponsored the doughnut eating contest and Fingerhut Bakery provided the goods at the Starke County 4-H fair on Monday. Continue reading

WKVIdol Contestants Chosen to Perform at 4-H Fair

 The stage is set for this year’s WKVIdol competition.

Contestants in the 7-10 category will be Emma Gillard, ReAnnen Cooper, and Emma Hensley. The 11-14 age group will include Tatum Milhiser, Victgoria Horne, and Nathan Jolly. In the 15-18 age group, Hannah Clark, Brianne Barden, Margaret Nagai, Katie Nagai, and Kenzie McDaniel will compete.

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WKVIdol Competition Planned During Starke County Fair

 WKVI is sponsoring a singing competition for youngsters during the Starke County Fair. WKVIdol will take place Monday, July 14 at 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The competition will be divided into three age groups: ages 7-10, 11-14 and 15-18. Each age group will have a maximum of four contestants. The first step for would-be contestants is to submit a 1 minute singing demo with your name, address, email and telephone number. You can drop it off at the station on a compact disc or other digital media file or email an mp3 to Please list the top three family-friendly songs you would like to perform. Duplicate songs will not be allowed, so the sooner you submit your demo, the greater your chances of getting to sing your favorite song for the competition. Continue reading

Starke County Fair Chamber Wheel Exceeds Fundraising Goal

The chamber prize wheels at the Starke County 4-H Fair proved once again to be popular attractions, raising a combined total of $724 to support the promotion of local businesses. Contestants paid either 50 cents or $1 per spin, with prizes ranging from ink pens, toys and candy to Indiana Beach tickets and refurbished computers. Every spin produced a winner, based on the slot on which the wheel landed. A total of 48 Starke County Chamber of Commerce member businesses donated items for the giveaways. Chamber director Debbie Mix says the fundraiser far exceeded its original goal of $550, thanks to the efforts of nine chamber board members and representatives from six additional chamber members to staff the booth each night of the fair.

Starke County 4-H Fair Officially Opens Today

The Starke County 4-H Fair officially kicks off today at the fairgrounds in Hamlet!

The 4-H club parade begins at 6 p.m. which will be immediately followed by the opening ceremonies in the show arena. The 4-H club and 4-H leader recognitions will be made along with the announcement of fair board scholarships and Junior Leader scholarships. Ten-year members will be recognized and the 4-H Junior Leader Achievement Royalty will be named.

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Starke County Junior Leaders Host Food Drive at 4-H Fair

Grab a couple cans of food before you head to the Starke County 4-H Fair this week. Elizabeth Smith with Purdue Extension Starke County says the Junior Leaders are teaming up with the fair board to host a canned food drive. Donations can be dropped off at the fair office, which is across from the dairy barn in the middle of the fairgrounds. All donations will be given to the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry, and the first 250 people who bring items will get a free ticket to next month’s Indiana State Fair. Smith says that’s a new program the state fair is offering this year. Junior leaders are 4-H members in grades 7 through 12 who work on a variety of community outreach initiatives in addition to their regular 4-H projects.

KVREMC Makes $5000 Donation to 4-H Fairs

Kankakee Valley REMC recently made a donation to the 4-H fairs in Starke and Pulaski counties in the amount of $5000 to assist with the 4-H program and maintenance to the fairgrounds. Amanda Steeb, communications director for KVREMC, said the company is committed to providing these donations each year for the next decade as part of their commitment to the community.

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4-H Animal Entries and Shows Planned for the Fair This Weekend

The Starke County 4-H Fair is quickly approaching, with plans to kick off this weekend with a number of 4-H shows.

On Saturday, July 13, the fair begins with open class exhibit entry from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., except for those in the flowers, foods, food preservation and hay and grain classes. At 8 a.m., competitors in the dog shows can enter their canine companions, with the showmanship show planned for 8:30 a.m. and the obedience show at 1 p.m.

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Starke County 4-H Fair Comes To an End Tomorrow

The Starke County 4-H Fair is coming to a close after a week of fun, heat, and 4-H success.

The garden tractor pull begins today at 8:30 a.m., Kid’s Day Registration is at 10 a.m. in the Show Arena, the 4-H rocket launch will be at 1 p.m. at the Starke County Airport and the Pet Fun Run is at 2 p.m., sponsored by the Starke County Humane Society.

The fair officially closes tomorrow at 5 p.m. with the Hamlet Fire Department’s truck and tractor pull.

Starke County 4-H Royalty Announced

The Starke County 4-H Royalty winners have been announced! Dylan Shively and Elizabeth McGaughey were crowned yesterday at the Starke County 4-H Fair in Hamlet.

The son of Deanna and David Shively, Shively is a ten-year member of the Starke County Rebels and a six-year member of the Junior Leaders. Shively is a 2012 graduate of Oregon-Davis High School.

Soon to be a senior at John Glenn High School, McGaughey is a nine-year member of the Cloverleaf 4-H Club and a five-year member of Junior Leaders. She is the daughter of Jane and Todd McGaughey.

In recognition of his years of service to the Starke County Fair, James Hardesty was awarded the Starke County Fair Board President’s Memorial award.

The William Barbknecht 4-H Scholarship was presented to Emily Pucel, and Dylan Shively received the Charles “Todd” Troike Memorial Scholarship.

Starke County Fair Kicks Off Today

The Starke County Fair officially kicks off today! Starting at 6 a.m., 4-H swine, sheep, and goats can be entered until 11 a.m. From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., contestants for the 4-H cake decorating, flowers, and gardening and crops categories can enter, along with open class foods, food preservation, and hay and grain.

At 10 a.m., fishing opens at the conservation building, and at noon, the 4-H livestock sonoray will take place. Judging for the cake decorating, flowers, and gardening and crops categories will take place at 12:30 p.m., and the poultry, pigeon and waterfowl showing will take place at the poultry and rabbit barn.

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Pulaski County 4-H Fair Coming To A Close

Today is the last day of the Pulaski County 4-H Fair.

The County Official Breakfast is today from 7 to 8 a.m., the Ultimate Showman Contest is at 10 a.m., the 4-H and open class exhibits will be released at 4 p.m. and the 4-H Auction will begin at 6 p.m. ET. The auction order will be sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, swine, then cattle.

The Starke County 4-H Fair will officially begin Monday, July 16.

Highlights of Today’s Events at Starke County 4-H Fair

The Starke County 4-H Fair continues today.

The 4-H Round Robin showmanship contest is today at 9:00 a.m.; the 4-H livestock Judging Contest Entry is at 10:00 a.m.; the Open Class Entry for the Bake-a-Rama contest is at 11:00 a.m. with the judging at Noon; the Battle of the Barns is at 1:00 p.m.; and the 4-H Livestock Auction begins at 5:00 p.m. Don’t miss the Horse Pull at 7:30 p.m.

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Starke County 4-H Fair Continues Today

The Starke County 4-H Fair continues today. Lenny Dessauer will be broadcasting live from the Fair today from 2:00-6:00 p.m.

This is a big day at the Fair! The 4-H Club Parade is at 6:00 p.m. Opening ceremonies are at 6:15 p.m. where the 4-H Club and Leader Recognitions, Fairboard scholarships and the Jr. Leader Achievement Royalty will be announced. The Starke County Ministerial Association music is at 7:00 p.m. and the Pig Scramble is at 7:30 p.m. Celebrity Fun Night, sponsored by the Starke County Fairboard and WKVI, begins at 8:00 p.m. Other events today include judging for cake decorating, flowers gardening and crops; the 4-H Poultry, Waterfowl and Pigeon Show at 12:30 p.m.; the Open Class Bake Sale at 5:00 p.m., and the Fairboard’s Ham and Bean and Chicken and Noodle Dinner at 5:00 p.m.

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