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Editorial: County’s 4-H Fair great way to celebrate

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Bartholomew County residents could aptly call Friday “Celebration Day.”

First, it’s the Fourth of July, the day Americans celebrate our country’s independence. The day also marks the beginning of the 57th annual Bartholomew County 4-H Fair, a showcase of the community’s agricultural heritage, the fellowship of its residents and good, ol’ family fun.

Since Independence Day is a federal holiday that most residents will have off from work, the day presents a great opportunity to take in the exhibits, food and entertainment at the 4-H Fairgrounds.

The local agricultural community is highlighted in a variety of ways, from the showing of swine, steer, goats and poultry to a petting zoo and a livestock auction that highlights the final day of events July 12.

Community organizations share the spotlight with the many food offerings they provide, from pork chops to fish sandwiches to beef entrees. Residents can take heart in the fact that when they dig into those meals, they are supporting local groups.

Family fun comes in many forms, whether it’s a watermelon relay, frog-jumping contest, midway rides, pie-eating contest, live music or greased-pig contest.

For people who like entertainment with a little more horsepower, a mud bog and motorsports events such as races featuring the Midwest Three-Quarter Racing League and Midwest Mini Sprint Association fill the bill.

And for those who like to wander and peruse, the 4-H buildings offer booths from a wide variety of organizations and businesses — including The Republic.

The Bartholomew County 4-H Fair offers a bit of everything for everyone, from toddlers to seniors who are young at heart.

On a day when people are celebrating the country’s independence, what better way than also celebrating a slice of the county’s heritage, too.

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