First year Horse Project 4-Her Emma
Davids got right to work when she arrived at the Porter County fairgrounds
Sunday afternoon with her leased Arab-Quarterhorse Bubbie, age 25. Emma, age
12, a 7th grader at Chesterton Middle School, gave Bubbie a cool shower
before settling him in his stall at the Fair. Emma and Bubbie will compete
this week in Trail Class, Western Horsemanship, Showmanship and Pleasure
classes, as well as English Showmanship. Emma is a member of Lakeshore
Drifters. The 4-H Fair continues through July 27, with various 4-H classes
and competitions daily. (Tribune photo by Margaret L. Willis)
Free admission for seniors (age 65+), veterans and active members of the
military capped by a free patriotic concert by the Valparaiso University &
Community band are part of Wednesday’s line-up at the Porter County Fair.
Pines Village will sponsor senior activities starting at 10 a.m. in the Buggy
Wheel Pavilion, with free admission for seniors age 65 and over available all
day. Heartland Christian Center is organizing the Veterans and Active Armed
Forces Recognition program, starting with a free patriotic concert performed
by the Valparaiso University & Community Band at 6 p.m. in the Radio One Park
Place Pavilion. The recognition program begins at 7 p.m.
One Porter County resident looking forward to the patriotic celebration and
recognition is Staff Sergeant Justin Burns of Valparaiso who recently
returned from a year-long assignment in Iraq. He got back to Porter County on
June 2 from Fort Lewis, Washington and told family he wanted to get home in
time for the Porter County Fair.
Also featured among the special events Wednesday is the Celebrity Showmanship
program, in its second year, to promote 4-H activities among the community.
At 6:15 pm in the Livestock Show Arena, six outstanding Porter County
citizens will be showing swine for the 4-H members. Don Asher of The Times,
State Senator Ed Charbonneau, City Administrator Bill Hanna, Bob Wanek of the
Valparaiso YMCA, retired school board member Lori Woycik, and Barb Young of
the Porter County Community Foundation are the celebrity showmen in the
contest this year. It’s a fun way for Porter County celebrities to interact
with the community and also learn a little about swine.
According to event organizer Jane Maxwell, the purpose of the event is for
well-known community members who may have never been involved with 4-H to see
how hard the kids work to put on a good show. Each contestant will have a 4-H
member as their mentor to tell them what to do and help them through the
showing. Although the kids have had all summer to prepare and the contestants
get only about five minutes, it is obvious that it’s not as easy as it looks
to show animals.
Returning to the grandstand at 7:30 pm is the Combine Demolition Derby and
Tractor/Truck Pulls. For the full line-up of entertainment and activities go