Bartholomew County 4-H Fair: What you need to know

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The 59th annual Bartholomew County 4-H Fair is just a day away. Here’s a list of things to know before you go.


750 W. County Road 200S, Columbus, near Southside Elementary School.

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Parking is available for $5 per day, or $25 per week if purchased at the fair office on the grounds. The Columbus FFA operates the paved parking lot at Southside Elementary every day except Sunday; parking is available daily on the 4-H fairgrounds property.

Parking fees are collected starting at 1 p.m. daily except Wednesday, Kids Day, when fees will be collected starting at 10 a.m. Free parking is available to the first 300 cars starting 5 p.m. Tuesday courtesy Columbus Regional Health.


The Lil’ Wrangler Poultry show begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the pavilion, followed by the 4-H poultry show at 9 a.m. Different breeds of animals appear at the fair throughout the nine-day run.

The antique farm display will be set up by 4 p.m. Friday.

The 4-H community, family arts and commercial buildings are open from 5 to 10 p.m. on opening day with opening weekend hours starting at 2 p.m.


The official opening is 5 p.m. Friday, when the midway begins to bustle with fast-moving rides, games of chance and fair food booths. The midway is operated by Burton Brothers Amusements of Shirley, Indiana.

Regular ride prices are in place for Friday and until 10 p.m. Saturday. Ride tickets can be purchased for $1 each, 20 for $18 or 60 for $50. Rides takes three to five tickets.

All-you-can-ride wristband specials are offered on specific days of the fair during its nine-day run, ranging from $12 to $23. On Monday, all rides are $1.

Games cost $1 to $5 in cash. Food booths also take cash.


Free entertainment is offered daily at the David Boll Theatre next to the 4-H community building.

The Farm Bureau building is host to a variety of events including music, a pedal tractor pull, watermelon seed-spitting contest and a magic show.

Grandstand events are scheduled daily, starting with tractor and truck pulls Friday at 7 p.m.; demolition derby at 7 p.m. Saturday; and two tractor-pull events Sunday — for antique tractors at 1 p.m. and farm stock tractors at 6:30 p.m.


Fair office: 812-372-6133

Visit the fair website at