It's farm-style fun, fashion as 4-H Fair gets under way

July 28, 1996|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

Chicks and ducks and geese better hurry -- cows and hogs and goats, too -- the weeklong Carroll County 4-H Fair starts unofficially with a 9 a.m. dog show today and will be in full swing tomorrow by the time the farm queen is crowned at 8 p.m.

The 99th annual fair will continue through Saturday night, when the last of the livestock will be herded out of the barns of the Carroll County Agricultural Center at 10 p.m.

In between, there will be mule pulls, antique tractor pulls, garden tractor pulls -- a new event -- and a tractor-driving contest. Beef cattle will be fitted, and fashion clothing displayed.

And judges will pin ribbons on everything from swine to layer cakes.

There's even a hog carcass contest, a dairy goat milk-out and cow-chip bingo.

The two biggest changes this year will be the garden tractor pull and an extended menu in the kitchen, where fairgoers can buy breakfast, lunch and dinner, all prepared under the direction of Nona Schwartzbeck.

Garden tractor pulls are new to the Carroll 4-H fair, but were popular at Westminster tractor pulls in the 1970s and early 1980s, said Kevin Dickmyer, who is chairing the event this year.

"It kind of fell by the wayside," he said of the baby cousin of farm tractor pulls. "I hadn't heard of anybody doing garden tractor pulling in the '80s, but it's become popular in Pennsylvania and Virginia in the last few years."

There will be three classes: off-the-lawn, which means any commercially made heavy duty garden tractor that weighs at least 1,000 pounds; open stock, which means a stock engine but with no muffler; and modified stock, which means anything goes in building up the engine to a higher horsepower to pull more weight.

The garden tractor pull will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, the final and biggest day of the fair, and last for about four hours. Cash prizes could be $75 in each class, depending on how many people enter and pay the $7 fee.

The fair will feature entertainment, including these free musical events:

Up-and-coming performer Ashley Marie will sing at 9 p.m. tomorrow.

Choirs from area churches take turns on stage in an old-fashioned hymn sing at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

While it's not exactly a concert, Annie's Karaoke will be on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday to back up brave, budding stars. This coincides with Senior Citizen Day.

Branded will perform country music at 7: 30 p.m. Friday.

A concert at 6 p.m. Saturday will feature the pop group The Vogues, which will play hits of the '50s, '60s and '70s, including their own Top 5 hits such as "You're the One," "5 O'Clock World" and "Turn Around and Look At Me."

Pub Date: 7/28/96

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