Preview Day at the Fair: The Porter County 4-H Fair officially opened
Thursday, July 18. 4-H exhibits and competitions will continue throughout
the week. The fair opens to the public at Noon Friday, July 19 and at 7:30
a.m. each day through Saturday, July 27. Admission is $4 for adults, age 16
and up; $1 for children 10 to 15 and under 10 is free. A week-long pass is
$15. The Fairgrounds are at Ind. Rt. 49 and Division Rd., south of U.S. 30.
4-H competitions continue with rabbit and llama judging today and an Open
Draft Horse Exhibition tonight beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday’s events include
cat and llama judging and a celebration of 100 years of 4-H at the Park
Place Pavilion starting at 3 p.m.
Click on image for larger photo: Left to
--At the Fair: A view of the midway rides from the top
of the Ferris Wheel.
--Dutiful duo: James McEwen, of Dunkirk,
Ind., wowed the midway crowd at the Porter County Fair Thursday evening with
his docile and obedient yoked oxen pair. Amos and Andy, both Durham short
horned oxen weighing in at approximately 2,500 lbs. each, obeyed McEwen’s
commands to go forward, turn left and right, back up and move sideways, all
by verbal command. The two were yoked together with a wooden yoke, but had
no traces or reins.
--That’s it: Ralph, a seven year-old Rottweiler/Boxer
mix seems to smile as he is brushed by his owner Erin Caldwell, 16, of
Chesterton. Erin competed with Ralph in the 4-H Dog Agility Competition
over: Sarah Morlock, 13, of Chesterton, puts her dog Curly through his paces.
Curly is a one and-a-half year-old Shar-pei/Husky mix.
--Canine contests: Chesterton residents
Annie Sharpe, 11, (left) and her sister Maggie, 15, with Elsa, 5, a
Rhodesian Ridgeback and Zoe, a 2-year-old Whippet both participated in the
Dog Agility Competition.
(Tribune photos Margaret L. Willis)